BUILDING A GREEN ECONOMY CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY

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BUILDING A GREEN ECONOMY  

THE ECONOMICS OF CARBON PRICING & THE TRANSITION TO CLEAN, RENEWABLE FUELS Securing the nation’s economy and environment against the corrosive impacts of burning carbon-based fuels requires a concerted nationwide effort, rooted in sound policy and bold incentives, to steer the nation’s energy markets toward more sustainable, clean and renewable resources for power generation. This document explains how this transition can be achieved quickly and without negatively impacting the personal wealth of the average American household.

SEPTEMBER 2010

CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY www.citizensclimatelobby.org

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TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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CARBON PRICING IMPACT PROJECTIONS

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VARIATIONS BY REGION

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ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: ENERGY INNOVATION

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CASE STUDIES

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GERMANY: WORLD LEADER IN WIND POWER, JOB-CREATION ENGINE

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MOROCCO: RISING ENERGY EXPORTER

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TEXAS: FROM OIL-DEPENDENT TO U.S. LEADER IN WIND ENERGY

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NEW JERSEY: RAPIDLY MOVED TO 2 NATIONWIDE IN SOLAR POWER CAPACITY

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NORTH CAROLINA: SOLAR NOW CHEAPER THAN NUCLEAR

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PORTUGAL: FROM 17% TO 45% RENEWABLE ENERGY IN 5 YEARS

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BRITISH COLUMBIA: CARBON TAX SHIFT IS WORKING

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CHINA: PLANNING TO BE GLOBAL GREEN-INDUSTRY SUPPLY LEADER

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JOB-CREATION

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CARBON REDUCTION = JOB CREATION

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RAMPING UP INVESTMENT

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THE 20% WIND POWER SCENARIO = 500,000 JOBS

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MANUFACTURING WIND ENERGY COMPONENTS

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FROM COAL JOBS TO GREEN JOBS

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COAL RIVER MOUNTAIN: MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL VS. WIND ENERGY

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BUILDING RESILIENCE INTO LOCAL ECONOMIES

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BUILDING THE SMART GRID

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CLEAN PERSISTENT RENEWABLE RESOURCES

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ENERGY & TRANSPORT MARKET DYNAMICS

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U.S. CLEAN-ENERGY RESERVES EXCEED TOTAL ENERGY DEMAND

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SCALING UP RENEWABLES AT ‘WARTIME SPEED’ IS POSSIBLE, MAY BE MOST ECONOMICALLY BENEFICIAL COURSE OF ACTION 28   SOLAR ENERGY RESERVES

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CUTTING-EDGE EFFICIENCY GAINS (TECHNOLOGIES ON THE HORIZON)

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CLEAN ENERGY & THE NATIONAL DEFENSE

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THE SECURITY ENVIRONMENT

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PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, PIONEERING R&D

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: DEPLOYING CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

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CONCLUSIONS

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CLEAN ENERGY & EMISSIONS REDUCTION ARE A NATIONAL IMPERATIVE.

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CARBON PRICING IS AN ENGINE FOR MAJOR PRIVATE INVESTMENT.

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RENEWABLES WILL OUT-COMPETE FOSSIL FUELS WITH POLICY SHIFT.

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REGIONAL DISPARITIES IN CARBON TAX IMPACT ARE MINIMAL.

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CLEAN ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY = MASSIVE JOB CREATION.

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RURAL & COAL-INTENSIVE COMMUNITIES WILL BENEFIT.

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U.S. COULD LEAD A GLOBAL CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY.

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SUSTAINABLE ENERGY POLICY IS A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY.

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LEADING NOW COSTS LESS THAN CATCHING UP LATER.

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REFERENCES

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