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Unformatted text preview: well developed countries. . Again putting the overall statements into words, there are only four levers that control decarbonization. 1. Population could be reduced 2. GDP could reduced 3. Efficiency could be increased 4. Less carbon intensive energy sources could be adopted It is the "iron rule" of politics, that no policy will be adopted that intends to lower GDP. This certainly won't happen in the most energy intensive high GDP countries, and it shouldn't happen in the lowest GDP countries. Thus, all of the arguments regarding cap and trade, offsets, energy innovation, carbon footprints, etc. eventually converge at the same place. GDP growth must be maintained, and decarbonization can only be achieved by efficiency improvements, and innovation regarding the sources of energy. Abstracted from "The Climate Fix" by Roger Pielke Jr. 2010....
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