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From Rio to Rio: A global carbon price signal to escape the great climate inconsistency


  • Stéphane Dion
  • Eloi Laurent

    () (Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques)


Two decades after the 1992 Rio Conference,we must admit to collective failure in combating human induced climate change. We cannot escape serious climate disruption if we keep going down that road. We must change direction, and we must move quickly. To this end, we call in this paper for a fine tuning of the international negotiations on climate. We propose refocusing these international efforts on negotiating a global carbon price signal, harmonized in principle but flexible in practice, instead of doggedly spending the next few years attempting to convince countries to accept stricter national targets for quantitative reduction of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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  • Stéphane Dion & Eloi Laurent, 2012. "From Rio to Rio: A global carbon price signal to escape the great climate inconsistency," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2012-16, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).
  • Handle: RePEc:fce:doctra:1216

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    1. Peter Cramton, Axel Ockenfels, and Steven Stoft, 2015. "An International Carbon-Price Commitment Promotes Cooperation," Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, International Association for Energy Economics, vol. 0(Number 2).

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    carbon price; carbon taxation; carbon markets; Kyoto Protocol; climate change.;

    JEL classification:

    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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