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May 19: Carnegie Mellon's Ed Rubin Authors National Academies Report to Congress On US Actions Needed To Limit Impacts of Global Climate Change

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Carnegie Mellon's Ed Rubin Authors National Academies Report to Congress
On U.S. Actions Needed To Limit Impacts of Global Climate Change

RubinPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Ed Rubin was tapped as an author of a major report to Congress by The National Academies that lays out the U.S. actions needed to limit the impacts of global climate change and stresses the urgency of dealing with the problem now.

The report, "Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change," identifies strategies that will reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, including setting up an economy-wide carbon pricing system.

"What the report recommends is a system that places a price on greenhouse gas emissions, coupled with other actions directed at specific sectors of the economy," said Rubin, the Alumni Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science and a professor of engineering and public policy and mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon.

"A well-designed cap-and-trade program or a tax on emissions would create incentives for emission reduction efforts and markets for low-emission technologies," Rubin added. "In addition, complementary policies that target specific opportunities like energy efficiency improvements can help accelerate emission reductions in the near term while markets are developing."

Rubin's report also calls for creation of a national policy framework within which all actors can work toward a common goal, and developing policy mechanisms durable enough to persist for decades but flexible enough to adapt to new information and understanding.  

The report is one of three studies released today as part of the America's Climate Choice suite of studies. The other two are, "Advancing the Science of Climate Change" and "Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change." All three studies were conducted by the National Research Council, the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institutes of Medicine.

A world leader in climate change issues, Rubin created a widely used tool for engineering economic design and analysis of current and advanced power generation systems. His research also examines the role of government policies on the nature and pace of technological innovation to meet environmental goals. For more about his research publications, see http://www.epp.cmu.edu/people/faculty/rubin/.

                
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Pictured above is Ed Rubin, the Alumni Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science.