Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a major environmental challenge facing the world. We all want to reduce the risks of global warming, but how much will this cost? What will it mean on a personal, business, or community level? And what policy responses should we expect from our governments? The Cost of Climate Policy sheds light on these pressing issues. The authors look at the challenges of estimating the costs of greenhouse gas emission reduction to help readers understand how different definitions of costs and different assumptions about techlogical and ecomic evolution affect the estimates that are so hotly debated today. Using Canada as their focal point, the authors look specifically at the impact of emission reduction policies on energy prices, techlogy options, and lifestyle choices. The book concludes with concrete proposals for overcoming the constraints of environmental policy making and the high initial costs of action. Policy makers need to kw as much as possible about the costs of taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As indispensable as this book will be to policy analysts, it is also an important primer for a wider range of readers interested in the ecomic implications of climate change.
Mark Jaccard is a professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University. He is also director of the Energy and Materials Research Group. John Nyboer is its research director as well as executive director of the Canadian Industrial Energy Efficiency Data and Analysis Centre. Bryn Sadownik is a research associate in the Energy and Materials Research Group.
Winner of Outstanding Contribution to Public Policy, Government of Canada, Policy Research Initiative 2002 (Canada). Short-listed for Donner Prize, Donner Foundation 2002 (Canada) and Doug Pervis Memorial Prize, Canadian Economics Association 2003 (Canada).