While no supranational institutions exist to govern climate change in North America, a system of cooperation among a diverse range of actors and institutions is currently emerging. Given the range of interests that influence climate policy across political boundaries, can these distinct parts be integrated into a coherent, and ultimately resilient system of regional climate cooperation?Climate Change Policy in North America is the first book to examine how cooperation respecting climate change can emerge within decentralized governance arrangements. Leading scholars from a variety of disciplines provide in-depth case studies of climate cooperation initiatives -- such as emissions trading, energy cooperation, climate finance, carbon accounting and international trade -- as well as analysis of the institutional, political, and economic conditions that influence climate policy integration.
IllustrationsTablesAcronymsChapter 1: Designing Integration: The System of Climate Change Governance in North America Debora VanNijnatten (Wilfrid Laurier University, Political Science) and Neil Craik (University of Waterloo, director of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development)Chapter 2: Supply and Demand for a North American Climate Regime Isabel Studer (Tecnologico de Monterrey, director of the Global Institute for Sustainability)Chapter 3: Building on Sub-Federal Climate Strategies: The Challenges of Regionalism Barry G. Rabe (Gerald Ford School of Public Policy)Chapter 4: Standards Diffusion: The Quieter Side of North American Climate Policy Cooperation Debora VanNijnatten (Wilfrid Laurier University, Political Science)Chapter 5: Deploying the Smart Grid Across Borders in North America Ian H. Rowlands (University of Waterloo, Environment and Resource Studies)Chapter 6: New Approaches to Climate Mitigation: Collaborative Strategies for Developing Renewable Energy in North America Jose Etcheverry (York University, Environmental Studies)Chapter 7: Climate Financing in a North American Context Clare Demerse (Pembina Institute, Director of Federal Policy) and Sandra Guzman (Director of the Air and Energy program of the Mexican Center of Environmental Law)Chapter 8: Regional Climate Policy Facilitation: The Role of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation Neil Craik (University of Waterloo, director of the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development)Chapter 9: Design Issues for Linking Carbon Markets Brian C. Murray (Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment), Peter T. Maniloff (Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment) and Jonas Monast (Duke University, School of Law)Chapter 10: Developing Integrated Carbon Accounting Systems Steven B. Young (University of Waterloo, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development) and Clint L. Abbott (University of Victoria, Centre for Global Studies)Chapter 11: Trade Rules, Dispute Settlement, and Barriers to Regional Climate Cooperation Andrew Green (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law)Chapter 12: Conclusion Neil Craik (University of Waterloo, director of the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development) and Debora VanNijnatten (Wilfrid Laurier University)Appendix A List of Contributors
Neil Craik is director of the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development at the University of Waterloo. Isabel Studer is the director of the Global Institute for Sustainability at Tecnologico de Monterrey. Debora VanNijnatten is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University.