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Cumulative Carbon Emissions and the Green Paradox

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  • Frederick van der Ploeg

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    (Department of Economics, Oxford OX1 3UQ, United Kingdom
    Department of Economics, VU University Amsterdam, 1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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The green paradox states that a gradually more ambitious climate policy such as a renewables subsidy or an anticipated carbon tax induces fossil fuel owners to extract more rapidly and accelerate global warming. However, if extraction becomes more costly as reserves are depleted, such policies also shorten the fossil fuel era, induce more fossil fuel to be left in the earth, and thus curb cumulative carbon emissions. These consequences are relevant, as global warming depends primarily on cumulative emissions. There is no green paradox for a specific carbon tax that rises at less than the market rate of interest. Because this is the case for the growth of the optimal carbon tax, the green paradox is a temporary second-best phenomenon. There is also a green paradox if there is a chance of a breakthrough in renewables technology occurring at some random future date. However, there will also be less investment in opening up fossil fuel deposits, and thus cumulative carbon emission will be curbed.

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Article provided by Annual Reviews in its journal Annual Review of Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 5 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (06)
Pages: 281-300

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Keywords: global warming; green paradox; carbon tax; renewables subsidy; second best; technological breakthrough;

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  1. Crago, Christine Lasco & Khanna, Madhu, 2014. "Carbon abatement in the fuel market with biofuels: Implications for second best policies," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 67(2), pages 89-103.
  2. Gerard van der Meijden & Frederick van der Ploeg & Cees Withagen, 2014. "International Capital markets, Oil Producers and the Green Paradox," OxCarre Working Papers 130, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford.

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