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The Crowded GreenhousePopulation, Climate Change, and Creating a Sustainable World$
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John Firor and Judith Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093209

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093209.001.0001

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Creating a Stable Atmosphere

Creating a Stable Atmosphere

(p.165) 7 Creating a Stable Atmosphere
The Crowded Greenhouse

John Firor

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the policy agenda that is felt to be most powerful for stemming an undesirable climate change: a revenue-neutral tax shift. It covers the scale of emission reductions required to stabilize the climate, the importance of energy and materials efficiency, the power of prices in achieving environmental policy goals, the logic and efficiency of a revenue-neutral tax shift, and the obstacles presented by existing subsidies and economic accounting. The chapter explains that avoiding the worst effects of climate heating requires ceasing the annual increase in the atmospheric greenhouse gases and the accompanying increase in the force toward larger climate changes. It also suggests some political strategies that are believed to increase chances of implementing the logically attractive but politically difficult task of “getting the prices right.”

Keywords:   atmosphere, policy agenda, climate change, economic accounting, climate heating

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