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Ending Dirty Energy Policy : Prelude to Climate Change - Joseph P. Tomain

Ending Dirty Energy Policy

Prelude to Climate Change

Paperback Published: 20th June 2011
ISBN: 9780521127851
Number Of Pages: 308

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Climate change presents the United States, and the world, with regulatory problems of a magnitude, complexity, and scope unseen before. The United States, however, particularly after the mid-term elections of 2010, lacks the political will necessary to aggressively address climate change. Most current books focus on climate change. Ending Dirty Energy Policy argues that the country will not adequately address climate change until we transform our fossil fuel energy policy. Yet there are signs that the country will support the transformation of our country's century-old energy policy from one that is dependent on fossil fuels to a low-carbon energy portfolio. A transformative energy policy that favors energy efficiency and renewable resources can occur only after we have abandoned the traditional fossil fuel energy policy, have redesigned regulatory systems to open new markets and promoted competition among new energy providers, and have stimulated private-sector commercial and venture capital investment in energy innovations that can be brought to commercial scale and marketability.

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'Tomain's is that rare monograph on a subject as complex and even arcane as energy regulation, which is at once lucid, informative, and compelling in its explication and argument. The book reveals and integrates the wide range of technical, policy, and political issues that together make up the US approach to energy.' John S. Applegate, Indiana University
'Written by one of the nation's foremost authorities on energy regulation, Dirty Energy Policy takes a clear-eyed look at the history of how law and policy have led to the dominance of fossil fuels, and it lays out a path - admittedly mountainous and bumpy - to a transition to more (though certainly not total) reliance on efficiency and renewables. Many readers will agree; all will be provoked.' Michael Gerrard, Columbia Law School
'Dirty Energy Policy is a cogent, careful, and - perhaps best of all - hopeful argument in favor of transforming our energy policy from dirty to clean.' Lisa Heinzerling, Georgetown Law School
'One of the pre-eminent experts in US energy law, Professor Tomain has written a powerful critique of antiquated 'hard path' approaches to energy regulation and offered an accessible introduction to the 'soft path' approaches that [the US] will have to adopt to ensure an economically and environmentally sustainable future.' Thomas O. McGarity, University of Texas, Austin
'Energy policy is the largest failure in US history and the make or break issue for our future. Joseph Tomain offers a remarkably clear, cogent, and insightful assessment of our options and a plausible path forward.' David W. Orr, Oberlin College
'Joseph Tomain presents a carefully researched, clearly written, and persuasive account of how the United States can reform energy policy. While the challenge is daunting, Tomain points the way forward by revealing how law, policy, and politics contributed to the creation of our carbon-based economy, and how these forces can be mobilized to achieve a new energy future.' Sidney Shapiro, Wake Forrest University
"Tomain's is that rare monograph on a subject as complex and even arcane as energy regulation, which is at once lucid, informative, and compelling in its explication and argument. The book reveals and integrates the wide range of technical, policy, and political issues that together make up the U.S. approach to energy." - John S. Applegate, Indiana University
"Written by one of the nation's foremost authorities on energy regulation, Ending Dirty Energy Policy takes a clear-eyed look at the history of how law and policy have led to the dominance of fossil fuels, and it lays out a path - admittedly mountainous and bumpy - to a transition to more (though certainly not total) reliance on efficiency and renewables. Many readers will agree; all will be provoked." - Michael Gerrard, Columbia Law School
"Ending Dirty Energy Policy is a cogent, careful, and - perhaps best of all - hopeful argument in favor of transforming our energy policy from dirty to clean." - Lisa Heinzerling, Georgetown Law School
"One of the preeminent experts in U.S. energy law, Professor Tomain has written a powerful critique of antiquated `hard path' approaches to energy regulation and offered an accessible introduction to the `soft path' approaches that this nation will have to adopt to ensure an economically and environmentally sustainable future." - Thomas O. McGarity, University of Texas, Austin
"Energy policy is the largest failure in U.S. history and the make or break issue for our future. Joseph Tomain offers a remarkably clear, cogent, and insightful assessment of our options and a plausible path forward." - David W. Orr, Oberlin College
"Joseph Tomain presents a carefully researched, clearly written, and persuasive account of how the United States can reform energy policy. While the challenge is daunting, Tomain points the way forward by revealing how law, policy, and politics contributed to the creation of our carbon-based economy, and how these forces can be mobilized to achieve a new energy future." - Sidney Shapiro, Wake Forrest University/
"...this timely book provides a good outline of the past, present, and likely future of US energy policy." -A.A. Batabyal,Rochester Instuitute of Technology

Preface
Introduction
A regulatory history of dirty energy law and policy
Protectionist assumptions
The next generation is now
Consensus energy policy
Fossil fuel future
Electricity future
Venture regulation
Smart energy politics
Conclusion - strategies for the energy future
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ISBN: 9780521127851
ISBN-10: 0521127858
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 20th June 2011
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43

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