Environmental Science and International Politics: Acid Rain in Europe, 1979-1989, and Climate Change in Copenhagen 2009

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3
Roles and
Factions

PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES IN 1979

The factions described below are relevant to the start of the game in 1979. You should not assume that these factions will persist throughout the game. All “Reacting to the Past” games include the possibility of changes in roles with time and in response to external events.


FACTION 1: MAJOR INDUSTRIALIZED
NATIONS OPPOSED TO A STRONG TREATY

The group opposed to a strong treaty includes the major polluters of western Europe. Their large industrial economies have made them the wealthiest nations. They have been accused of exporting much of their air pollution to other countries while suffering little damage at home.

Great Britain (United Kingdom). The British delegation is led by the undersecretary of state of the environment. He will cast Great Britain’s vote at the Conference. He is accompanied at the meeting by the chief alkali inspector, the head of a century-old agency responsible for regulating air pollution in England. The Alkali Inspectorate is known to have close ties to the industries it regulates and has been reluctant to publish any data on actual air pollution levels. However, the Alkali Inspectorate has a 100-year history of working to reduce air pollution. The third member of the delegation is the head of the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB). The CEGB is responsible for most of the electric power generation in the United Kingdom and is a government-owned utility. Public statements from the government indicate this group will not be friendly toward pollution reduction or environmental measures in general. There is possibly a fourth representative who is a member of the foreign service.

West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany, FRG). The federal foreign minister leads this delegation and casts West Germany’s vote. The fact that the delegation is led by the foreign minister himself is seen as a clear indication of the importance the FRG places on these negotiations. He is

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Note to Instructors viii
  • How to Play These Games 1
  • Contents 8
  • Figures and Tables 11
  • 1 - Historical Background 14
  • 2 - The Game 35
  • 3 - Roles and Factions 41
  • 4 - Core Texts and Supplemental Readings 44
  • Bibliography 106
  • Acknowledgments 109
  • Appendix 1- Introduction to Environmental Philosophy 110
  • Appendix 2- Introduction to Environmental Economics 116
  • Appendix 3- Using Numbers to Make Arguments 119
  • Appendix 4- Study Questions for Reading Assignments 121
  • Contents 124
  • Figures and Tables 127
  • 1 - Historical Background 129
  • 2 - The Game 153
  • 3 - Roles and Factions 159
  • 4 - Core Texts and Supplemental Readings 162
  • Acknowledgments 164
  • Appendix 1- Green House Gases 165
  • Appendix 2- Chemicals in Fossil Fuels 168
  • Appendix 3- Quantitative Look at Combustion Reactions 172
  • Appendix 4- Leaked Draft Document by Danish Delegates 180
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