Acting in Time on Energy Policy by Kelly Sims Gallagher, David T. Ellwood

By Kelly Sims Gallagher, David T. Ellwood

Energy coverage is on everyone's brain nowadays. The U.S. presidential crusade excited by power independence and exploration ("Drill, child, drill!"), weather switch, substitute fuels, even nuclear power. yet there's a significant issue endemic to America's strength demanding situations. Policymakers are inclined to just do adequate to meet political calls for yet no longer adequate to unravel the true difficulties, and so they wait too lengthy to behave. The ensuing guidelines are overly reactive, enacted as soon as harm is already performed, and they're too frequently incomplete, incoherent, and ineffectual. Given the gravity of present monetary, geopolitical, and environmental matters, this is often extra unacceptable than ever. this significant quantity information this challenge, making transparent the unlucky result of such short-sighted considering, and it proposes measures to beat this counterproductive tendency.

All of the members to Acting in Time on power Policy are affiliated with Harvard collage and rank between America's pre-eminent strength coverage analysts. They take on very important questions as they pertain to express parts of power coverage: Why are those elements of strength coverage so vital? How may "acting in time"—i.e. no longer ready till politics calls for action—make a distinction? What should still our coverage truly be? we have to get strength coverage correct this time—Gallagher and her colleagues support lead the way.

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States and one Canadian province established the Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord, which established a longterm target of emissions 60 to 80 percent below 2007 levels, and set in motion the creation of a multisector cap-and-trade system for the region. S. states and two Canadian provinces created the Western Climate Initiative, which has a regional target of a 15 percent reduction below 2005 levels by 2020. Seventeen states have set GHG reduction targets through legislation or executive order or both.

National Petroleum Council (2007, chapter 2). 38 During the period 1992–2002, only the economies in transition achieved negative annual growth rates in energy-related CO2 emissions greater than 1 percent: their negative annual growth rates were minus 3 percent a year. ”40 Energy structures have long lifetimes, ranging from 10–15 years for cars to 20–60 years for energy supply facilities and plants to hundreds of years for buildings. Unless low-carbon technologies are deployed over the next two decades, the world will be locking-in to high enough CO2 emission levels to break most reasonable emissions budgets.

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