Climate 2030: National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy by Rachel CleetusClimate 2030: National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy by Rachel Cleetus

Climate 2030: National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy

byRachel Cleetus, Steven Clemmer, David Friedman

Paperback | March 1, 2010

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Climate 2030: A National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy is a peer-reviewed analysis of the economic and technological potential for a comprehensive suite of climate, energy, and transportation solutions and policies to greatly reduce U.S. global warming emissions and help get us on a path to avoiding some of the worst impacts of climate change. The results demonstrate that meeting stringent near- and medium-term emissions caps in the United States is feasible and can be done cost-effectively. This analysis is an important contribution to the U.S. and international climate policy debates.
 
The analysis relies primarily on a modified version of the Department of Energy's National Energy Modeling System (NEMS). The model was supplemented with offline analyses of energy efficiency and availability of biomass energy. The combined modeling effort is an integrated assessment of a package of climate and energy policies across multiple sectors of the economy within a timeframe of 2030. It captures the dynamic feedback effects between energy use, prices, investments, and the economy, while also considering competition for limited resources and land. Different policy scenarios, sets of assumptions, and resource/technology packages were analyzed. Among the solutions modeled are increased energy efficiency, greater contributions from renewable energy, increased vehicle efficiency, increased investment in research, development and deployment of existing and new low carbon technologies, smart growth incentives and the implementation of an economywide cap-and-trade program.
 
The analysis shows that the technologies and policies pursued under the Blueprint produce dramatic changes in energy use and cuts in carbon emissions. It also shows that consumers and businesses reap significant savings on their energy bills, while the economy continues to grow robustly.
Rachel Cleetus is an economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists Climate Program. The focus of her work is designing effective global warming policies at the federal, regional, state and international levels. These policies include both market-based and sector-based approaches. In addition, she analyzes the economic costs of ina...
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Title:Climate 2030: National Blueprint for a Clean Energy EconomyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 11.05 × 8.5 × 0.43 inPublished:March 1, 2010Publisher:Island PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0938987089

ISBN - 13:9780938987086

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