Climate Change

Government Regulation of Climate Change
      Trudy Ward
      University of Phoenix
      December 20, 2010

      Government Regulation of Climate Change
      For the past two decades, global climate change has been front-page news.   Viewpoints vary between those who believe global climate changes are a cyclical phenomenon of Mother Nature and those who go to the extreme of calling it man-caused doom’s day.   Different viewpoints lead to varying theories on how or if pollutants that lead to global climate change should be managed.   Techniques for managing the pollutants believed to be responsible for climate change consist primarily of government manipulation of behavior “by controlling economic incentives through taxes, regulations, and subsidies” (Light & Rolston, 2003).
      View Various Viewpoints on Climate Change
      In 1990, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change believed the atmospheric carbon dioxide has doubled after industrial increase of pollutants and will increase the earth’s average surface temperature by 2.5 degree Celsius in 2050.   The recommended action point is to immediately reduce net emissions by 60% to stabilize carbon dioxide and preventing it from doubling by 2100 and increasing up to 4 degrees Celsius.
      James Hansen testified in 1988 to the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that it was 99% probable that global warming had already started.   According to a Gallup poll, by 1988 the greenhouse effect was a great deal of concern to 35% of the citizens of the United States of America.   James feels we need to act and do all we can to slow global warming while proceeding with further research or we may lose out on countering the problem by reducing air pollutants.
      The media countered James Hansen’s viewpoint with major articles written in the Washington Post (February, 1989), the Wall Street Journal (April, 1989), the New York Times (December, 1989), Reader’s Digest (February, 1990),...