The Social Cost of Electricity: Scenarios and Policy Implications (The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Series on Economics, the Environment and Sustainable Development by Anil Markandya, Andrea Bigano an
This is a review of The Social Cost of Electricity: Scenarios and Policy Imperatives (Edward Elgar, 2010), which summarizes the results of a European Commission funded research project. The contributions in this volume stands out for their ambitious effort to model and quantify the external costs of electric power generation, as well as their initial assessment of various policy instruments designed to address climate change and promote renewable energy. While a broad range of social cost issues presented by electricity production are incorporated into the project’s modeling, it does not study or attempt to quantify conservation and demand response approaches. Much more complete data will likely be necessary to for policymakers to seriously the assess which instruments are most effective at advancing energy policy goals. Without doubt, however, the data and careful analysis presented in this volume will challenge future decisionmakers to look beyond the private or market cost of energy in their policy decisions.
"For anyone with influence on energy policy, whether in government, business or a campaign group, this book should be compulsory reading." Tony Juniper,Former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth "This is to Energy and Climate what Freakonomics is to Economics." Cory Doctorow, boingboing.net
Friedman explains a new era—the Energy-Climate era—through an illuminating account of recent events. He shows how 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the flattening of the world by the Internet (which brought 3 billion new consumers onto the world stage) have combined to bring climate and energy issues to Main Street, but not very far. Friedman sets out the clean-technology breakthroughs we, and the world, will need.
In this age of instant communication and biotechnology, on this ever-smaller planet, what kinds of problems have we created for ourselves? How do we tackle them in a world where the accustomed methods used by nation-states may be reaching their natural limits? In High Noon, J. F. Rischard challenges us to take a new approach to the twenty most important and urgent global problems of the twenty-first century. Rischard finds their common thread: we don't have an effective way of dealing with the problems that our increasingly crowded, interconnected world creates. Our difficulties belong to the future, but our means of solving them belong to the past.
A constant economy is one in which resources are valued not wasted, where food is grown sustainably and goods are built to last. It is a system whose energy security is based on the use of renewable sources, and where strong communities are valued as a country’s most effective hedge against social, economic and environmental instability. The constant economy operates at the human scale and, above all, it recognises nature’s limits. The author shows that almost everything we need to do, is already being done somewhere in the world. Where governments, communities or companies have done the right thing, they have been rewarded. Solutions exist, and they are brought together and set out in this ground-breaking book.
Monbiot demonstrates a necessary 90% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 - without bringing civilisation to an end. Combining his unique knowledge of campaigning and environmental science, he shows how we can transform our houses, our power and our transport systems. But he also shows that this can happen only with a massive programme of action which no government has yet been prepared to take. His exciting, disturbing ideas expose the cowardice of our politicians. By showing that we can save the biosphere without losing our comfort and security, Monbiot sweeps away their perpetual excuse for doing nothing: that it would be too painful and expensive to sustain life on earth.