Global Warming and Policy Making : Observations presented to the NTNF Seminar on Energy and Environment at Sundvollen Hotel, September 17, 1990
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This paper outlines some of the major policy issues raised by the prospect of global warming. Scientific uncertainty create political disputes concerning risks and costs, about the trade-off between short-term welfare considerations and long term conditions. Furthermore, they involve key issues of global distribution between developing countries and developed countries. The scientific uncertainties and issues are outlined with a view to identifying the policy dilemmas involved in energy policy. The paper concludes by making a plea for a global outlook and prudent action.