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Economic Liberalization and Environmental Policy are twin forces right now. Yet countries and states approach their nexus in different ways. The papers on this panel will consider three instances of economic liberalization and how it informs environmental policy. Robert S. Eshelman's paper -- entitled "Rick Perry's Neo-Liberalism in Texas and Climate Change" -- considers how climate change impacts are evident in Texas yet so too is the rollback of government constraints on industry. His talk takes seriously the deeply embedded American belief that the market is the pinnacle of liberty over tyranny and presents the extent to which it is, instead, the primary impediment to action on climate change. Tina Gerhardt's paper - entitled “Economic Liberalization and Environmental Policy in Germany" -- considers how Germany seeks to phase out a reliance on fossil fuels by 2050 and has been not only meeting but superseding its annual targets. Lucia Green-Weiskel's paper -- entitled "Economic Liberation and Environmental Policy in China" -- considers the relationship among political corruption, economic liberalization, transparency and accountability in China -- all with regard to climate change.


Lucia Green-Weiskel is a Ph.D. student at the CUNY Graduate Center, writing her dissertation about post-World War II US-China economic, military, environmental and political relations; Communications Director at the Beijing based NGO Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation. Her work has... Read more
Tina Gerhardt is an independent journalist and academic, who covers international climate negotiations, energy policy, and related direct actions. Her articles have appeared in Climate Progress, Grist, The Nation, The Progressive and The Washington Monthly, and other print and on-line publications... Read more
Robert S. Eshelman is an associate producer at Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary series about climate change airing in 2014 on Showtime. His articles have appeared in The American Prospect, The Baffler, Scientific American, The Nation and Mother Jones among other print and on-line... Read more