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The Imprint of Congress$
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David R. Mayhew

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215700

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215700.001.0001

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The Climate and the Debt

The Climate and the Debt

(p.83) 6 The Climate and the Debt
The Imprint of Congress

David R. Mayhew

Yale University Press

This chapter examines two major impulses of transnational incidence that have action blotters extending back decades: climate change and long-run deficit. Current evidence shows how it is not clear that peer countries are actually digging their teeth much deeper into climate change than the Americans. In a 2014 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report, the U.S. ranked fifteenth in climate-control progress. Meanwhile, American remedial action regarding debt/deficit has apparently stood up well as compared to others. As of 2011, the United States ranked thirteenth in public debt as a percentage of GDP in a comparison set of thirty-one peer countries. Given the trends, this American near-averageness does not point to a carefree future.

Keywords:   climate change, long-run deficit, transnationalism, peer countries, OECD, climate control, public debt, GDP

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