- Set up an independent scientific,
technological and economics Clean Technology Commission (
CTC), as a quasi-governmental body, to assess various replacement technologies and decarbonization methods. It would identify, support development of, and assist in deploying the most promising replacement technologies, while striving to deflect political and corporate influence.
- Implement a progressively increasing
carbon tax whose revenues will be used to fund the activities of the
CTC. The tax, once assessed at an appropriate economic level, will motivate consumers to reduce their interim use of fossil fuels. The tax revenue should not be applied to uses not related to renewable energy such as deficit reduction, income redistribution, or a rebate or “dividend”.
- As a complement to the carbon tax,
impose new regulations to reduce fossil fuel use in those sectors of the
energy economy most responsible for high GHG emission rates, using federal
regulatory authority. These
regulations should be stringent enough to induce those affected to invest
in replacement technologies sooner rather than later. Policy Failures recognizes the serious
and difficult political obstacles that these regulations are likely to
- Require public disclosure of all GHG emission rates in the U. S. Enhanced knowledge of emissions would provide incentives for the public to lower their use of fossil fuels.
- The factor determining the extent of
global warming is the cumulative atmospheric concentration of CO2
and other GHGs, not the annual rate of emissions. Humanity is ill-advised to seek gradually
to reduce the emissions rate over a period of several decades, all
the while continuing to accumulate more atmospheric GHGs.
- Policy Failures summarizes the inability
at the international level to achieve even modest progress on a worldwide
accord to address global warming.
It further reviews the failed legislative efforts domestically in
to regulate GHG emission rates. U. S.
- Prof. Latin seeks to stabilize the accumulated GHG concentration at as low a level as possible. Accordingly, he offers a new private-public framework to develop replacement technologies as rapidly as possible and to fund the framework with a comprehensive progressive carbon tax. This framework abandons the “back-loaded”, gradual approach that is common policy in various settings around the world.
- “Climate Change Policy Failures: Why
Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed”, Howard A. Latin, 2012,
World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.,
- “Storms of my Grandchildren: The Truth
about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and our Last Chance to Save
Humanity”, James Hansen, 2009,
Bloomsbury , USA . New York
© 2012 Henry Auer