Chapter 12: The Environment and International Relations

Action:

Subsidize renewables
The federal government would increase its tax credits, low-cost loans, and grants to businesses developing renewable energy initiatives. This approach would make it easier for the renewable energy sector to compete with the fossil fuels industry. Over time, innovation will occur, reducing the costs of renewable energy solutions.

Outcome:

The business lobby opposes your proposal but accepts the inevitability of some investment in renewable energy. Your measure passes through Congress.

Now, you must engage the international community. Would you like to pursue a bilateral agreement or a multilateral one?

What do you do now?



MultilateralYou will direct your state department and UN delegates to push for a comprehensive multilateral solution to climate change. Given the wide range of international actors and interests, this approach will have a lower likelihood of success but will have greater potential returns.
BilateralAs the US president, you will travel to a potential ally in the fight on climate change and attempt to negotiate a bilateral agreement with another head of state. This approach has a greater likelihood of success but will have limited returns as the broader international community will not be involved.