Climate Change: A Featured Controversy from Issues & Controversies

Climate Change: A Featured Controversy from Issues & Controversies

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Should the U.S. Government Take Aggressive Steps to Combat Climate Change?

Should the U.S. government take aggressive steps to combat climate change? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this divisive issue. Here is a sample of the pro/con arguments on both sides of the issue.

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As one of the world’s leading polluters, the United States has a responsibility to lead the fight against climate change. Reducing greenhouse emissions by implementing policies such as cap and trade and investing in renewable energy development would help protect the planet while creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

Restricting greenhouse gas emissions would slow economic growth, increase unemployment, and impede innovation. The United States should not be held to higher environmental standards than its economic competitors. The private sector, not the government, is best equipped to meet the challenges posed by climate change.

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