Bush Meets Hotelling: Effects of Improved Renewable Energy Technology on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
University of Oslo; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
January 28, 2009
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2492
FEEM Working Paper No. 1.2009
Fossil fuels are non-renewable carbon resources, and the extraction path of these resources depends both on present and future demand. When this "Hotelling feature" is taken into consideration, the whole price path of carbon fuel will shift downwards as a response to the reduced cost of the renewable substitute. An implication of this is that greenhouse gas emissions in the near future may increase as a response to the reduced cost of the renewable substitute. If this is the case, increased climate costs may outweigh the benefits of reduced costs of a substitute, thus reducing overall social welfare.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: climate change, exhaustible resources, renewable energy
JEL Classification: Q30, Q42, Q54
Date posted: December 12, 2008
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