Global Climate Change: Linking Energy, Environment, Economy by Elizabeth Thorndike (auth.), James C. White (eds.)

By Elizabeth Thorndike (auth.), James C. White (eds.)

A Sustainable strength Future: Steps to lessen US Carbon Dioxide Emissions; R.M. Friedman, R.M. Bierbaum. power potency, Human actions, and weather switch; L. Schipper.Integrating strength, Economy, and Environmental Concerns: No Regrets Tax Reform; A. Cristofaro. a number of merits Environmental coverage; D. Dudek.Implications for determination Making: executive views; H. Gruenspecht. car views; S.A. Leonard.Strategies for foreign Negotiations: prestige of Framework conference Talks; D.A. Reifsnyder. fairness in foreign Agreements; R. Stewart.The Ethics of dwelling in a world Greenhouse: company and private accountability; D. Jamieson. Intergenerational fairness; D. MacLean.Examining the Linkages: Designing a Carbon Tax process; R. Dower. A Congressional View of potential Linkages; J.D. Dingell. 23 extra articles. Index.

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S. 3 percent of current CO2 levels by 2015. By implementing tough improvements in the North and moderate ones in the South, reductions of two percent in new residential buildings might be achieved. Tough measures for new commercial building shells can achieve reductions equal to four percent of 1987 levels by 2015. Existing homes can also be made more efficient by installing more efficient heating and cooling equipment, insulation, windows, etc. The base case assumes that existing homes will require six percent less heating by 2015 because of replacements and improvements that will happen anyway.

Therefore, information dissemination is a key element of several of the policy options discussed above, including the sector-specific financial measures and general energy and carbon taxes. Home Energy Rating Systems. The federal government has been involved in home energy rating systems-which tell buyers how efficient their prospective homes or offices are-through its role in the mortgage market. In addition, the National Mfordable Housing Act of 1990 requires HUD to develop a plan to make housing more affordable through mortgage financing incentives for energy efficiency.

Incentives for Biomass Energy to Offset CO 2 Emissions Growing short-rotation woody crops on nonforested land for use as an energy source shows some promise. Congress could increase funding for Department of Energy research on uncertainties regarding long-term productivity, including effects on nutrient availability, and costs. Increasing fossil fuel taxes would make biomass fuels more competitive. Even then, farmers wishing to invest in biomass crops may be limited by loss of base acreage in commodity support programs and by lack of revenues for several years.

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