The present energy economy, heavily dependent on fossil fuels, is not sustainable over the medium to long term. This book aims to explain how law can assist in, impede, or cope with the shift to a world energy picture in 2030 that is significantly different from the one that exists today. It examines the factors that create the problems of the present carbon economy and the environmental concerns about the carbon fuels, the impacts of the carbon economy on development goals, and whether more and more energy inputs are necessary to meet our economic and social aspirations given the potential for energy efficiency to move us beyond the carbon economy. The book also looks at several sectoral perspectives and technology-based approaches in moving to a new energy economy. These include the variety of renewable energy sources, new carbon fuels, nuclear power, carbon sequestration techniques, demand controls, and the creation of new markets for tradeable emissions certificates.
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