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June 2008

Creating a Climate-Friendly Energy Policy
Creating a Climate-Friendly Energy Policy — How do you create an energy policy that combines concern about energy needs with concerns over climate change? This paper, presented to the Virginia House of Delegates, provides a policy framework for evaluating energy and climate related proposals, and suggests various programs and projects that combine into a climate-friendly energy policy. View Policy Paper

April 2008

Climate Change and the Uncomfortable Middle Ground:  The Geoengineering and 'No Regrets' Policy Alternative
Climate Change and the Uncomfortable Middle Ground: The Geoengineering and 'No Regrets' Policy Alternative — This paper, delivered at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, offers the contours of a middle ground on the climate change issues. It calls for geoengineering as a means to put off the most catastriphic potential effects, at least for a few decades; an immediate reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) where those reductions actually save money (the "no regrets" alternatives); significantly expanded use of and research on low-cost carbon sequestration that removes GHGs from the atmosphere or reduces carbon emissions; and some breathing space within which to further assess some of the global warming theories that, if disproven, would point humanity toward lesser or greater reliance on alternative climate change responses. View Paper

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