LAS 312 / POL 459 / ENV 313 The Politics of Climate Change and Energy Transitions in Latin America

In this seminar we will examine the variety of responses adopted in Latin America to the need for an energy transition. We begin with an overview of climate change on a global scale and its impact on Latin America. We follow with a general discussion of important sectoral issues that arise in any energy transition and different policy responses that seem to be available, examining their pros and cons/costs and benefits. The final two weeks consider various 'ideal' policy options for an energy transition suited to national situations.

Instructor: David Mares