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Constant Utility Paths and Irreversible Global Warming

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  • Kenneth Stollery

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This paper shows that the Hartwick rule for sustainable utility with depletable resources still applies to the case of the greenhouse effect from fossil fuel carbon emissions. Although a carbon tax is necessary, for sustainable utility it is sufficient that the sum of net energy rents and carbon tax revenues is invested in reproducible capital. Examination of recent savings rates and energy cost shares suggests that this may be difficult to achieve with current global savings rates.

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  • Kenneth Stollery, 1998. "Constant Utility Paths and Irreversible Global Warming," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 31(3), pages 730-742, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:31:y:1998:i:3:p:730-742
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    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development

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