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Epilogue: Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy

Richard Schmalensee

Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy, Joseph Aldy and Robert Stavins (editors), pp. 889-899, Cambridge University Press, 2010

Richard Schmalensee, in: Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy, Joseph Aldy and Robert Stavins (editors), pp. 889-899, Cambridge University Press, 2010

History\'s evaluation of this generation will surely depend to an important extent on its handling of the climate problem -- not just on what gases we leave in the atmosphere but also on what durable climate policy architecture we leave to our heirs. In this brief essay I offer some thoughts on what makes the international dimension of the climate problem so difficult and important, on the history of climate policy debates, and on some key elements of policy architecture that those debates have so far produced.

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