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The Cost of Climate Policy

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. Using Canada as their focal point, the authors look specifically at the impact of emission reduction policies on energy prices, technology 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.

264 pages

Table of Contents

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1 The Climate Change Threat: Why Reduce GHG Emissions?

2 The Challenges of Estimating Emission Reduction Costs

3 A Method for Estimating Policy Costs

4 National Estimates

5 Sectoral Estimates

6 Regional Estimates

7 Domestic Policy Options

8 The Next Steps: Addressing the Uncertainties of GHG Abatement Costs



Selected Bibliography


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