Chapter 12: The Environment and International Relations

Action:

Announce emissions goals
You will hold a highly-publicized press conference, announcing new goals for carbon emissions reduction. These targets will not be enforceable, but may reassure lobbyists, scientists, and the international community of American commitment to combatting climate change.

Outcome:

You announce your goals for future reductions in carbon emissions. The initial response from the international community is that of apathy and skepticism. The US has long announced goals for reducing emissions, but the international community is still waiting for substantive change.

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.