Global Warming: The Answer (the Energy Dividend)

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AuthorHouse, 2007 - Education - 229 pages
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"Global Warming: The Answer" takes as given that global warming is man-made and occurring with increasingly adverse effects. After a brief review of the carbon cycle (and how man is disturbing it), the book argues that global warming is an economic problem: Given the right prices, technical solutions will follow. After looking at the (limited) solutions for "personal virtue" in reducing pollution, the book examines the chimera of "a carbon neutral life-style," and necessity to achieve a fossil-free economy. Cap and Trade is shown to involve huge wealth transfers to established polluters, and is thus rejected in favor of a "revenue neutral, carbon tax." More specifically an initial carbon tax of $250 ton, with the revenue returned the public through lowered payroll taxes in the U.S. (or V.A.T. or sales taxes elsewhere). Existing and pending technologies that will take-off once fossil fuels are taxed are reviewed, as are ancillary policies in support of the carbon tax. Some suggestions are offered for increasing international collaboration. It is emphasized however that to date no significant action has been take to combat global warming: Kyoto, higher mileage requirements, and An Inconvenient Truth not-withstanding. Action is urgent! But first the public have to understand the answer to global warming.
  

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Contents

The Carbon Cycle
1
Global Warming An Economic Problem
19
Stern on Costs
23
Personal Virtue
39
Carbon Neutrality
47
Clean Coal Energy Independence and Methane Hydrate
57
C02 Capture and Sequestration CCS
58
Methane and C02 Hydrates
66
Global Coalition to Make Buildings EnergyEfficient
115
Action Program
119
Hansen on Climate
133
Spaceship Titanic
145
Coaching Instructions for Republicans on Global
149
Keeping Tabs
161
Carbon Credit Suppliers May 2007
171
Environmental Resource Trust Project Verification Statement
175

CapandTrade
71
The Answer
77
Political Perceptions
79
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
86
Modifications
89
Technology
99
Other Greenhouse Gasses
109
International Cooperation
113
Offsets and Future Value Accounting
178
Audit Report on Tradable Renewable Certificates Carbon Credits
186
Estimation of Carbon Tax Rates
188
What Is In A Barrel of Crude Oil146?
197
The Luntz Companies on Climate
198
More on Modeling
203
Methane Production from Methane Hydrates
215
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