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Priorities for 2010 and Beyond
Prioridades para 2010 y allende
Priorités pour 2010 et les années suivantes
Michal C. Moore / University of Calgary
Los Cabos, México – 1 December/diciembre/décembre 2009
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Comisión para la Cooperación Ambiental
Commission de coopération environnementale
Climate Change – Low-Carbon Economy
What are the most important environmental challenges
facing Canada, Mexico and the United States?
1.
Climate Change
Real or Imagined? Anthropogenic?
Probability (with limited data sets)
Uncertainty vs Risk
The possibility of collapse vs decline
2. Carbon Emissions
CO2
Carbon black
CH4
Surface albedo and air quality
3. Regional Differences dictate different regional
strategies and responses
weather patterns
agricultural output
forestry
currents and water temperature
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Climate Change – Low-Carbon Economy
What are the most important opportunities for actions
achievable within five years?
1. Efficiency and certainty
rules and regulations
investment and return
political and market stability
new insurance rules
2. Information and modeling
policy-friendly
realistic time frames
interactive
3.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Demonstration projects
joint monitoring and data sharing
Identification and characterization of carbon
storage
Climate Change – Low-Carbon Economy
How can these actions be advanced through
trilateral cooperation?
1. Advocate the development of a North American Energy Plan with
Carbon Control Strategies
2.
Identify for Policy Makers and Regulators changing energy
demand and supply characteristics
demand management through more transparent pricing
cheaper fuels
more electric systems
alternative energy systems
3. Adopt common regulatory standards for energy development and
transfers
4. Develop longer-term financing instruments
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
The Hedge Strategy
Hedge
Climate Change is
not real
Climate
Change is real
Lost money
for
alternatives
Win
Do Not
Hedge
No change
Lose
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