This course examines the issue of climate change and its implications for energy policy. An introductory section surveys the science of climate change and an economic perspective on the resources that should be devoted to slowing or stopping the rise in global temperatures. The course then turns to a description and evaluation of policies now being used or proposed for reducing the energy sector’s contribution to global warming. These include carbon taxes and cap-and-trade; subsidized deployment of renewable energy technologies; and performance standards for vehicles and electricity generation. Students may elect to write their cert paper for the course in place of taking the final examination. However, students writing a cert paper will be required to participate in class, including assigned exercises.
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