Unlocking the Global Warming Toolbox: Key Choices for Carbon Restriction and Sequestration

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Written from the unique and informed perspective of someone who has served as an advisor to every interested stakeholder, Unlocking the Global Warming Toolbox is the first and only book to focus on the key options for designing and implementing equitable and goal-specific carbon regulation. Since CO2 once emitted, remains warming the atmosphere for a century after its release, the choices made now may push us past the point of no return in terms of global warming.

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Overview

Written from the unique and informed perspective of someone who has served as an advisor to every interested stakeholder, Unlocking the Global Warming Toolbox is the first and only book to focus on the key options for designing and implementing equitable and goal-specific carbon regulation. Since CO2 once emitted, remains warming the atmosphere for a century after its release, the choices made now may push us past the point of no return in terms of global warming.

This book is a regulatory toolkit holding the policy and legal implements necessary to shape the carbon future. It showcases the ongoing legal and regulatory issues that will be worked out both in the United States and in international programs for years, and highlights the lasting issues related to crafting successful carbon control. Unlocking the Global Warming Toolbox is a must-have for those who would regulate carbon and those who would be subject to that regulation-policymakers, regulators, industry, nongovernmental organizations, and consumers.

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Examines the science of global warming, its impacts, and the time remaining to regulate

Surveys the Kyoto Protocol, the European Union regulatory experience with carbon, and the U. S. system of carbon control embodied in state and regional programs

Explores in detail the pivotal legal and regulatory issues surrounding global carbon regulation, such as leakage and additionality

Discusses the policy and regulatory interface between carbon control and renewable power options, two sides of the global warming coin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593702137
  • Publisher: PennWell Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/17/2010
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Industrialization and Carbon in the 21st Century: Examining the Chemistry, Location, Timing, and Future of Warming 1

1 Opening the Toolbox and What It Offers 3

2 The Science Underlying Global Warming 13

3 The Critical Role of Electric Power Architecture and Carbon 27

4 The Tipping Point: Time as the Enemy 41

Part II Cap-and-Trade Carbon Regulatory Mechanisms in Place across the World 49

Section 1 Europe and the World

5 The Kyoto Protocol: The World Carbon Model 51

6 The European Union Core of Carbon Control: Compared and Contrasted with Recent U. S. Experience 61

Section 2 The United States

7 The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: The Original U. S. Regulation 79

8 Golden State Carbon: California GHG Regulation 91

9 Regional and Voluntary U. S. Carbon Programs 103

Part III The Legal and Policy Issues Confronting Carbon Control Worldwide: Manipulating the Toolbox of Regulatory Options 111

10 The Kyoto Critique: The Urgency of International Redesign 113

11 The Fulcrum Leverage on Global Warming: Role of the Courts 133

12 The New Carbon-attuned Smart Grid: Beyond Simple Poles and Wires 147

13 Carbon Leakage and the Commerce Clause 167

14 Carbon Allowance Auction: Regulatory and Legal Issues 187

15 Legal Additionality Requirements for Carbon Offsets 203

Part IV Carbon Regulation Interfacing with Renewable Power: Renewable Tools from the Toolbox 215

16 Offsetting Carbon: Creating Credits from Renewable Power and Conservation 217

17 The Feed-in Tariff for Renewable Energy: Where It Works and Where It Encounters Legal Impediments 229

18 Renewable Portfolio Standards for Renewable Power 247

19 The Successful Architecture to Transform Renewable Power 263

20 Into the Woods 277

21 The Final Analysis: The Conclusion on Carbon 289

Appendix: Abbreviations 299

Index 303

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