Energy Policy: Insurance against the Unknown

  • David Bodansky
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 45)


In considering appropriate responses to the problem of global climate change, I would like to suggest three key points:
  1. (1)

    Prudence calls for making vigorous efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the initial burden perforce falling on the industrialized countries. This point is somewhat controversial.

  2. (2)

    The reduction of the use of fossil fuels is central to addressing the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. This is not very controversial.

  3. (3)

    In implementing future energy policies, it is a mistake to neglect the expansion of nuclear power, along with conservation and solar power. The nuclear issue is so controversial that it sometimes is ignored as being too controversial to address.



Radioactive Waste Energy Policy Solar Power Soviet Bloc Reactor Safety 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Bodansky
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  1. 1.Department of Physics, Department FM-15University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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