Rich Howarth is the Rosenwald Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College and the Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Economics. His work centers on the normative aspects of environmental governance with applications to topics such as energy use, climate change, and ecological conservation.

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Worldwide, there is a growing consensus that strong action is needed to reduce carbon emissions. European Union (EU) governments have begun large-scale policy initiatives to do so; the United States lags behind but has finally begun a serious debate about proposals for climate legislation. Yet at their best, both EU and proposed U.S. policies …

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For the last two decades, the following narrative has powerfully and decisively shaped debates over climate stabilization: Cutting greenhouse gas emissions would impose large economic costs. The impacts of climate change are uncertain and too far in the future to justify early action. Society’s scarce resources would be better spent on …

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