For the first time, the majority of Americans are in agreement that climate change is happening and express concern regarding the near and long-term threat. But this majority agreement also comes at a time of rising authoritarian tendencies across systems of governance within and outside the borders of the United States. What does this context mean for proposed climate policy? An emergent discourse of climate crisis is proliferating – why? How, exactly, is the “climate crisis” being defined/imagined? Who is defining the crisis and who is not? What types of solutions are being proposed and what types are not? ? Ultimately, my dissertation seeks to understand how an emergent discourse of planetary-scale crisis is contributing to, as opposed to combating, an inequitable and anti-democratic consolidation of power.