Climate Legislation Impasse: Evidence from the United States

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Using primary data collected from interview transcripts of the key players in the failed U.S. climate change legislation, this paper develops three themes underlying the impasse in 2010. The first theme was the absence of public comprehension due to the implications of climate change risks not given enough attention. The second theme centers on progress being made at the local level. The last theme pertains to the collapse of U.S. climate legislation being a ‘perfect storm’ scenario with contentious political environment, incoherent approach with individualistic agendas, the assumption of a negative impact on employment, and the limited time to allow policy makers elicit grassroots support.