10. A List of Priorities

  1. Daniel D. Perlmutter1 and
  2. Robert L. Rothstein2

Published Online: 1 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328523.ch10

The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?

The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?

How to Cite

Perlmutter, D. D. and Rothstein, R. L. (2010) A List of Priorities, in The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328523.ch10

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 2

    Colgate University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654989

Online ISBN: 9781444328523



  • list of priorities;
  • framework, answering linked questions - What policies do we advocate for which actors in what time period;
  • short-term gains;
  • proven methods - for collecting wind energy;
  • solar energy direct use - via photovoltaic cells;
  • currently technology - making liquid fuel from hydrocarbon sources, the Fisher–Tropsch (FT) process;
  • earthquake hazards, and deep drilling - enhanced geothermal systems;
  • realistic plans, better batteries and fuel cells - extended times for research and development;
  • Plan A and Plan B - gap between statements of good intentions of specific plans - and what actually transpires in enactment;
  • recent Op-Ed piece, environmental negotiators - general gloom, conference on climate change in Copenhagen


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Short-Term Gains: Less than 10 Years

  • Medium-Term Improvements: 10–20 Years

  • Long-Term Solutions: More than 20 Years

  • Plan A and Plan B, Simultaneously

  • Notes and References