This posting is a book recommendation by Itzhak Kornfeld, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem:
Going after the big sources as EPA seeks to do, per its new proposed rule is obsurd. However more absurd is the fact that senators are parsing out quasi-legal options, most of which are long-term, e.g., Lindsay Graham and John McCain are pushing for nuclear power as a cure to GHGs. As is well known building a nuclear plant, even at lightening speed, will most likely take 8-10 years, given all the necessary work to design and build a reactor. Meanwhile, the European Union is light years ahead of the U.S.
A book published in August 2009, details alternative/renewable energy sources that appear ready to go. So why not use them and get on with curing the problem rather than hunting for pink elephants? Beats me! The book by Clarisse Fräss-Ehrfeld (ed.), is titled, Renewable Energy Sources: a Chance to Combat Climate Change (August 2009) Kluwer Law International, Hardcover , 640 pp., ($172.00); ISBN 13: 9789041128706.
I have nothing to do with the book other than reading it!
Fräss-Ehrfeld notes that the costs of failing to turn around climate change are becoming unthinkable. The stumbling block appears to be “the economy”. The author observes that in fact the world economy is not the issue. She observes that “we know now that if developed countries agree to cut their collective emissions by 30% by 2020, annual economic growth would be trimmed by less than 0.2% – a small price to pay to avoid the potential long-term costs of climate change.” Indeed Fräss-Ehrfeld posits that “it is easy to appreciate the positive value of other benefits such as reduced air pollution, security of energy supply at predictable prices, and improved competitiveness through innovation.”
Her edited book goes to the heart of the debate. How do we change our way of life? The chapters in her book provide a detailed analysis for academics and the growing number of enterprises and investors committed to combating climate change with renewable energy technologies, of the opportunities and obstacles involved in developing a coherent and effective business strategy. She addresses various options for Renewable Energy Sources (RES), both existing and under development. And demonstrates how the 27 EU countries are quickly out-pacing the U.S. in tackling the enormous problems entailed by climate change,especially alternative/renewable energy.
Isn’t this the way to go? Ween us off of all the big, smokey, black, nasty stuff? Fund this type of strategy. It’s similar to the Clean Water Act’s funding in 1972 for the construction of POTWs, and can be one part of an overall package.
Anyway, the book’s table of contents follows.
Deloitte Services in the Renewable Energy Sector. I. Introduction. II. The Climate Change Issue: An Overview. 1. Definition of Climate Change. 2. International Conventions Concerning the Climate Change Issue. 3. Observed Effects and Impacts of Climate Change. 4. Actions Taken by the International Community. 5. Adaptation to and Mitigation of Climate Change. III. The Role of the European Union (EU). 1. Overview. 2. European Energy Policy. 3. The EU Renewable Energy Roadmap. 4. Second Strategic Energy Review: An EU Energy Security and Solidarity Action Plan. 5. Communication of the Commission in View of Copenhagen 2009. IV. Renewable Energy: A Chance to Combat Climate Change. 1. Introduction. 2. Overview of Existing Energy Sources. 3. Costs, Advantages and Disadvantages of the Different (Renewable) Energy Sources. 4. Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and their Markets. 5. Renewable Energy Targets: Progress to Date. V. EU State Aid Policy and its Programs for Renewable Energy Investments. 1. European State Aid Policy: A Brief Overview. 2. EU Regulations in View of State Aid. 3. Community Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection. 4. Financing Mechanisms and Institutions in the European Union. 5. Current EU Funding Programs for Renewable Energy. VI. National Instruments and Policies to Promote Renewable Energy Sources (RES). 1. Introduction. 2. National Instruments to Promote Renewable Energy Sources (RES). 3. National Policies to Promote Renewable Energy Sources (RES). VII. Promotion Schemes and Feed-in Tariffs for Renewable Energy Sources within the EU-27: A Detailed Country Analysis. VIII. Conclusion and Outlook.
Good reading and learning!