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Climate Change Policy for a High Energy Planet

The world’s response to climate change is deeply flawed. The conventional wisdom on how to deal with climate change has failed and it’s time to change course. To date, climate policies have been guided by targets and timetables for emissions reduction derived from various academic exercises. Such methods are both oblivious to and in violation of on-the-ground political and technological realities that serve as practical “boundary conditions” for effective policy making.

Until climate policies are designed with respect for these boundary conditions, failure is certain. Addressing accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is made even more difficult by the fact that global energy consumption is set to double, triple or more in coming decades. This talk provides a comprehensive exploration of the problem and a proposal for a more effective way forward.

[Editor’s note: If you liked what you heard here, check out Roger’s book, The Climate Fix]

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Alistair Newbould on August 1, 2013

Inspiring. 90% carbon free energy supply by 2050. First go from 13% to 15%. How do you eat an elephant?

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