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FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 5, MAY 1989
"Caveats in Global Energy/CO2 Modeling," B. Keepin (Rocky
Mtn. Inst., Snowmass CO 81654); response by J. Edmonds, Clim. Change,
13(3), 233-239, Dec. 1988.
Acknowledges that the present ER (Edmonds-Reilly) model, as used by W.
Chandler in the work reviewed in the following article, is the leading
analytical tool for assessing the impact of different policies on future
greenhouse warming. But cautions that, while the supply side in the ER model is
well represented, the demand side does not sufficiently incorporate efficiency
options that can compete on a fair economic basis with the various supply
options. Suggests the need for supplemental analysis to examine crucial policy
opportunities. Edmonds' response defends the model as appropriate for addressing
the questions originally posed, but admits that, with new understanding of the
issues, one should start over completely to develop a tractable structure for
analytically forecasting greenhouse gas emissions.
"Assessing Carbon Emission Control Strategies: The Case of
China," W.U. Chandler (Battelle, Pacific Northwest Lab., 370 L'Enfant
Promenade SW, Washington DC 20024), ibid., 241-265.
Describes and applies an energy-economic model to assess the effectiveness
of carbon dioxide control policies that theoretically could be enacted in China,
viewed here as a large developing nation. Assesses the effectiveness of similar
international efforts, as well as the effect of each initiative on Chinese
income level. Carbon dioxide control measures are contained in scenarios drawn
to the year 2075 and include family planning, fossil fuel taxes, mandatory or
technical energy efficiency improvements and a combination of these. Scenario
analysis suggests that energy efficiency measures could both reduce carbon
emissions greatly and increase Chinese per capita income.
Public Utilities Fortnightly has recently published the
following articles, each of which mentions global warming in the context of
"Energy Policy, the Environment, and Congress," W.H. Ford (U.S.
Senate), 123(6), 14-17, Mar. 16, 1989.
"A New Era in Energy Regulation," M.O. Hesse (Fed. Energy
Regulatory Comm.), ibid., 18-22.
"Thoughts on an American Energy Policy," W.R. Shane (Penn. Public
Util. Comm.), ibid., 23-27.
"Nuclear Energy, Ecology, and Chernobyl," M. Boiteux (French
Atomic Energy Committee), ibid., 28-33.
"Washington and the Utilities," M. Yates, 123(1), 26-28,
Jan. 5, 1989.
"A Centennial of Public Utilities Regulation--An Interview With NARUC
President Bruce Hagen," J.A. Boxall Jr., 122(9), 11-16, Oct. 27,
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