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Gernot Wagner

Gernot Wagner

Writing for PS since 2016
10 commentaries


Gernot Wagner, a climate economist at Columbia Business School, is the author, most recently, of Geoengineering: The Gamble (Polity, 2021).

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  1. The Clean-Energy Race Is On
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    The Clean-Energy Race Is On

    Aug 15, 2022 Gernot Wagner shows how America's landmark climate legislation will trigger a cascade of economic and environmental benefits.

  2. We Need to Talk About Geoengineering
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    We Need to Talk About Geoengineering

    Sep 22, 2021 Gernot Wagner shows how radical technological interventions should fit into the broader climate-policy debate.

  3. Economics Needs a Climate Revolution
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    Economics Needs a Climate Revolution

    Jun 28, 2021 Tom Brookes & Gernot Wagner warn that the neoclassical orthodoxy is utterly unequipped to grapple with climate change.

  4. The Climate Tipping Point We Want
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    The Climate Tipping Point We Want

    May 4, 2021 Gernot Wagner shows why current economic and technological trends will make the politics of the green transition easier.

  5. The No DICE Carbon Price
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    The No DICE Carbon Price

    Sep 30, 2020 Gernot Wagner argues that while climate policies are inherently contentious, the basic science and economics should not be.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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