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82 Brook. L. Rev. 605 (2016-2017)
The Political Economy of Decarbonization: A Research Agenda

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            The Political Economy of

                   A RESEARCH AGENDA

          Eric Biber,t Nina Kelseytt & Jonas  Meckling*


        Even  nonextreme   outcomes   from  global  warming   will
cause  a  variety of effects on  human   and  global  ecosystems.
These  include  rises in sea level that impact   major  cities and
densely  populated  delta areas, heat  waves  that kill thousands
of people, changes in precipitation and temperature   that reduce
agricultural yields, shifts in species ranges  and  numbers   that
destabilize ecosystems   around   the world,  acidification of the
ocean  that destroys  coral reefs and  plankton  species that  are
the foundation  for marine food chains, and  more.
        But to avoid  catastrophic climate  change,  humanity   is
faced  with  the daunting  problem   of fundamentally   changing
the processes  by which it obtains and uses the energy  needed  to
sustain  a modern  industrial society. Society must shift from an
economic   system  built  on carbon-based   fossil fuels and  the
industries  associated with  them   toward  an  economic   system
based   on   alternative   sources   of  energy like biofuels,
hydropower,   solar, wind,  and  perhaps   nuclear. Such   a shift
entails major  transformations   in areas ranging  from  industry

       t Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley.
       tt Assistant Professor of Public Policy and International Affairs, Center for
International Science and Technology Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs,
and Trachtenberg School of Public Policy, George Washington University.
       * Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, University of
California, Berkeley. We thank Michael Gerrard, Gregg Macey, David Spence, and Jim
Rossi; participants at the Trager Symposium on social theory and a post-carbon future
at Brooklyn Law School; participants at a workshop on the future of climate policy and
climate politics hosted by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Studies; and the editors at
the Brooklyn Law Review for helpful comments. Special thanks to Eric DeBellis, Taylor
Reeves, Laura Kristin Wittschurky, Taylor Page, and Stephanie Kover for research
assistance. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the AHEAD research group,
Resources for the Future, and Climateworks.


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