Climate of Despair? The Future of U.S. Climate Policy and Global Negotiations

April 2012

The world remains in the grip of a lingering climate policy recession. In this paper, Climate Advisers’ president Nigel Purvis seeks to determine whether circumstances warrant a new climate of despair. He concludes that global climate negotiations, while essential, will produce only a modest international agreement and probably not before 2020. He also concludes that the United States will do more than many predict, but far less than the world needs of it.