November 7, 2022

Meeting Trade-Offs for a Net-Zero America

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

In a new opinion piece for The Hill, Jackson Ewing, a senior fellow at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, writes that a credible foundation for decarbonizing the United States' economy by the middle of this century requires clear-eyed responses to unavoidable trade-offs.

Ewing explains that while there are reasons for optimism from the recently-passed Inflation Reduction Act, implementation will face competing tensions. The response requires coordinated progress across multiple fronts, beginning with equity. The siting and permitting process must be improved. Additionally, national and subnational solutions must work in tandem.

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