"Linking Solar Geoengineering and Emissions Abatement Policies: Strategically Resolving an International Climate Policy Dilemma"
Solar geoengineering may be able to significantly reduce climate-change risks, but raises sharp controversy. The leading cause of controversy is the concern that its research, development, or use might inappropriately displace efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. A possible response would be to strategically link the international policies of abatement and solar geoengineering. I expand on this idea, including by disaggregating states based on relevant characteristics, considering the processes of developing linkages, and the incentives that various policy linkages could foster. I explore various potential linkage mechanisms and identify one that could effectively reduce abatement displacement (if not increase abatement), appears feasible, and would be consistent with widely-held norms.
Presentation by Jesse Reynolds, UCLA School of Law
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