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Greening the global economy

Author: Robert Pollin
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Boston review book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In order to control climate change, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that greenhouse gas emissions will need to fall by about forty percent by 2030. Achieving the target goals will be highly challenging. Yet in Greening the Global Economy, economist Robert Pollin shows that they are attainable through steady, large-scale investments -- totaling about 1.5 percent of global GDP on an annual  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Pollin
ISBN: 9780262028233 0262028239
OCLC Number: 897423799
Description: 164 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the global green energy challenge --
Prospects for fossil fuels and nuclear power --
Prospects for energy efficiency --
Prospects for clean renewable energy --
How to hit the CO2 emissions reduction target --
Expanding job opportunities through clean energy investments --
A policy agenda that can work --
Risk, ethics, and the politics of climate stabilization --
Appendix 1: Estimating global costs for expanding clean renewable energy productive capacity --
Appendix 2: Model for estimating global CO2 reductions through 20-year clean energy investment program.
Series Title: Boston review book.
Responsibility: Robert Pollin.

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"In order to control climate change, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that greenhouse gas emissions will need to fall by about forty percent by 2030. Achieving the target goals will be highly challenging. Yet in Greening the Global Economy, economist Robert Pollin shows that they are attainable through steady, large-scale investments -- totaling about 1.5 percent of global GDP on an annual basis -- in both energy efficiency and clean renewable energy sources. Not only that: Pollin argues that with the right investments, these efforts will expand employment and drive economic growth. Drawing on years of research, Pollin explores all aspects of the problem: how much energy will be needed in a range of industrialized and developing economies; what efficiency targets should be; and what kinds of industrial policy will maximize investment and support private and public partnerships in green growth so that a clean energy transformation can unfold without broad subsidies. All too frequently, inaction on climate change is blamed on its potential harm to the economy. Pollin shows greening the economy is not only possible but necessary: global economic growth depends on it"--Publisher.

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