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Energy policy is on everyones mind these days. The U.S. presidential campaign focused on energy independence and exploration (Drill, baby, drill!), climate change, alternative fuels, even nuclear energy. But there is a serious problem endemic to Americas energy challenges. Policymakers tend to do just enough to satisfy political demands but not enough to solve the real problems, and they wait too long to act. The resulting policies are overly reactive, enacted once damage is already done, and they are too often incomplete, incoherent, and ineffectual. Given the gravity of current economic, geopolitical, and environmental concerns, this is more unacceptable than ever. This important volume details this problem, making clear the unfortunate results of such short-sighted thinking, and it proposes measures to overcome this counterproductive tendency. All of the contributors to Acting in Time on Energy Policy are affiliated with Harvard University and rank among Americas pre-eminent energy policy analysts. They tackle important questions as they pertain to specific areas of energy policy: Why are these components of energy policy so important? How would acting in timei.e. not waiting until politics demands actionmake a difference? What should our policy actually be? We need to get energy policy right this timeGallagher and her colleagues help lead the way. Contents Foreword David T. EllwoodIntroduction Kelly Sims Gallagher1. Acting in Time on Climate Change Kelly Sims Gallagher2. Making Carbon Capture and Storage Work Daniel Schrag3. Oil Security and the Transportation Sector Henry Lee4. Policy for Energy-Technology Innovation Laura Diaz Anadon & John P. Holdren5. Electricity Market Structure and Infrastructure William H. Hogan6. Overcoming the Barriers to Acting in Time Max H. Bazerman
Brookings Institution Press; May 2009
- ISBN: 9780815703679
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- Title: Acting in Time on Energy Policy
- Author: Kelly Gallagher (ed.)
Imprint: Brookings Institution Press