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Joseph Stiglitz, Aaron Edlin, and J. Bradford DeLong

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231143653

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231143653.001.0001

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A Meaningful Second Commitment Period for the Kyoto Protocol

A Meaningful Second Commitment Period for the Kyoto Protocol

(p.28) Chapter 4 A Meaningful Second Commitment Period for the Kyoto Protocol
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Sheila M. Olmstead

Robert N. Stavins

Columbia University Press

In 1997, more than 160 nations agreed on the text of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Today, the main question is how the Protocol can be modified for its second commitment period (2012–2016) so that it will provide a way forward that is scientifically sound, economically rational, and politically pragmatic. This chapter provides a detailed blueprint of a sensible and possible way forward. It proposes in the second commitment period for Kyoto to expand participation to include all key countries. Step two is to use an extended time path for reductions so that the largest reductions occur after the current capital stock is exhausted and lower emissions technologies emerge. The key is to credibly commit today to future reductions so that these technologies do, in fact, emerge.

Keywords:   Kyoto Protocol, global warming, climate change, environmental protection, emissions control

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