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Reports Say Dire Effects Will Be Starting Soon. How Can the Economy Quickly Shed Carbon?

Reports Say Dire Effects Will Be Starting Soon. How Can the Economy Quickly Shed

Author: 

Joseph E. Aldy - Harvard Kennedy School, Ann Carlson - UCLA/Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, John C. Dernbach - Widener University, Mary Nichols - California Air Resources Board, Anne Pramaggiore - Exelon Utilities, Mike Quigley - House of Representatives Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition

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The Debate

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Volume: 

36

Issue: 

2

With the influx of new members of Congress in January, suddenly everybody is talking about a Green New Deal that would address greenhouse gas emissions and other social ills via a suite of interlinked policies. Proponents are talking about ridding the American energy economy of carbon, and on a short timeline — by 2030. Even before the recent election, stakeholders had been talking about what has come to be called deep decarbonization, with proposals that call for eliminating from the global energy system at least 80 percent of greenhouse emissions by mid-century, with further reductions to come.