Climate Change and Consensus

Negotiators recently reached a landmark agreement at the Paris climate conference, but the national policy pledges that underlie this deal are voluntary and largely unenforceable. The success of the pact will depend on individual countries’ appetites for bold, concrete emissions reductions. In the United States, lawmakers and presidential candidates must decide how to balance estimated climate damages against the costs of action. Some claim that aggressive climate policies will doom our economy. Economists disagree. 

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