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Climate Policy and Nonrenewable ResourcesThe Green Paradox and Beyond$
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Karen Pittel, Frederick van der Ploeg, and Cees Withagen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027885

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027885.001.0001

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Supply-Side Climate Policy and the Green Paradox

Supply-Side Climate Policy and the Green Paradox

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Climate Policy and Nonrenewable Resources

Michael Hoel

The MIT Press

The focus of the green paradox literature has been either on demand-side climate policies or on effects of technological changes. The present chapter addresses the question of whether there also might be some kind of green paradox related to supply-side climate policies. Fossil fuels are non-renewable resources, and the term supply-side climate policy is used for policies that permanently remove some of the carbon resources. The main conclusion of the chapter is that there will no green paradox if supply-side climate policies are aimed at removing high-cost carbon reserves. If instead low-cost reserves are removed, the possibility that both early and total emissions increase cannot be ruled out. Hence, "wrong" supply-side climate policies may give a supply-side green paradox, since such policies may accelerate climate change.

Keywords:   Green Paradox, climate, climate policy, supply-side climate policy, non-renewable resources, fossil fuels, carbon resources

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