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Cooling Off a Warming Planet
Analyzing the Tradeoffs in Policies for Climate Change
Md Rumi Shammin
Jordan F. Suter
This role-playing case on climate change policy is designed to engage student groups in parallel discussions on policy instruments and packages for controlling greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, student groups discuss cap-and-trade and carbon tax policies for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Each group has four students representing one of the following characters: climate scientist, economist, political sociologist, and the staff expert on science related policy. Students study the policies from a holistic perspective and explore related social, economic and environmental issues. In the end, each group drafts a statement for the senator that includes choices and recommendations based on these different views. This case is appropriate for introductory environmental studies and environmental economics courses once students have been introduced to the basic technical and scientific information on climate change.
|Keywords:||Climate change; cap-and-trade; carbon tax; climate policy impact; climate policy justice; climate policy equity; environmental justice; environmental ethics; global warming; global warming policy; greenhouse gas emissions|
|Topical Area:||Ethics, Policy issues, Regulatory issues, Social issues, Social justice issues|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Type/Method:||Analysis (Issues), Debate, Dilemma/Decision, Discussion, Role-Play|
|Subject Headings:||Environmental Science Economics Atmospheric Science Climatology / Meteorology Earth Science Natural Resource Management Sociology Science (General)|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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