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A Smart Energy Policy: An Economist's Rx for Balancing Cheap, Clean, and Secure Energy

James M. Griffin


Everyone wants energy that is clean, cheap, and secure, goals which often conflict: traditional fossil fuels tend to be cheaper than alternative fuels, but they are hardly clean or (in the case of oil) secure. This book provides an explanation of the issues as well as sensible proposals for a truly sustainable energy policy. The author, an economist, points out that current energy policies are fatally flawed and that government policies should focus on “getting the prices right” so that the prices of fossil fuels reflect their true costs to society—including greenhouse gas and security costs. ... More

Keywords: energy, fossil fuels, alternative fuels, oil, energy policy, greenhouse gas, security costs, security taxes, alternative energy, conservation technologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300149852
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300149852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James M. Griffin, author