Richard Nixon, Barack Obama, and the Road to American Climate Change Policy
Journal Article - Open Access
SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIV DURANT DURANT
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Lying at the intersection of public opinion, science, and partisan politics, the debate over climate change has grown with each successive president from Richard M. Nixon to Barack H. Obama. This article argues that these two presidents, from different parties, in different eras, and with different motivations, did the most to advance federal policy. Nixons actions laid the foundation for Obamas activism, defining the realm of possible. In a similar sense, Obama has also set the parameters of the debate for his own successors, whomever they may be.