Governments have had decades to confront the issue of climate change, but have largely done nothing. Global leaders continue to delay drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions as the effects of global warming accumulate and reinforce each other. Energy policy consultant Hal Harvey – writing with Robbie Orvis and Jeffrey Rissman – presents a comprehensive, detailed manual for effective policy aimed at “decarbonizing the economy.” Their research, advice and spirit will appeal to those calling for action now. While what the authors present is highly technical – and a bit redundant here and there – it’s a perfect guidebook for policy wonks, legislators, climate change advocates and executives in affected industries. The authors detail how everything necessary to make the transition to a low-carbon economy already exists. The technologies are robust, and the costs are low. Their analysis describes exactly what must be done; the only thing missing is the political will.
In this summary, you will learn
- Which economic sectors are responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions,
- Which elements of successful policies combat climate change and
- Which policies can pave the way for rapid transformation away from a fossil fuel–based economy.
About the Authors
Energy policy consultants Hal Harvey, Robbie Orvis and Jeffrey Rissman are executives at Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC.