Paul Baer is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy of the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an internationally recognized expert on issues of equity and climate change and has training in ecological economics, ethics, philosophy of science, risk analysis, and simulation modeling.

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Advocates of stringent climate policy face somewhat of a strategic dilemma. On the one hand, as Ackerman and colleagues document in “The Economics of 350,” there is ample evidence that—in conventional economic terms—the costs of steep reductions in emissions to reach 350 parts per million (ppm) in atmospheric CO2 are quite manageable. …

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