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Item #d89may28

"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.

Item #d89may29

"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.

Item #d89may30

Public Utilities Fortnightly has recently published the following articles, each of which mentions global warming in the context of energy policy.

"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, 1988.

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