Climate Policy Enters Four Dimensions

Securing Our Economic Future, ed. Melissa S. Kearney and Amy Ganz (Washington D.C.: Aspen Institute Press, 2020)

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David Keith

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

John Deutch

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 10, 2020

Abstract

This chapter addresses what needs to be done to craft a politically stable and economically sound climate policy that includes balanced reliance on the four mechanisms to manage climate risks, which we call the climate control mechanisms: emissions reduction, adaptation, carbon dioxide removal, and solar radiation modification. Assessing the balance requires attention to (1) technology development, performance, and cost over a range of control options, (2) integration of the technology architecture with the prevailing economic, regulatory, and policy context, (3) public attitudes to climate policies and programs, and (4) implementation of a planning programing system to implement the new balanced climate policy. If the United States achieved a stable balance it could serve as the basis for extended international agreements.

Keywords: Climate, global warming, fossil fuel, carbon, emissions, policy, climate change, carbon capture, emissions reduction, adaptation, solar radiation

Suggested Citation

Keith, David and Deutch, John, Climate Policy Enters Four Dimensions (December 10, 2020). Securing Our Economic Future, ed. Melissa S. Kearney and Amy Ganz (Washington D.C.: Aspen Institute Press, 2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

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