Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 07/2011

From Religion to Reality: Energy systems transformation for sustainable prosperity

John Zysman, Mark Huberty

September 2010

Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy


There are compelling and varied arguments for moving to low‐carbon, high‐efficiency energy systems. Reducing emissions to limit or avoid climate change leads the public debate, but reduced dependence on imported energy, avoidance of conflicts over energy resources, and the rising price of fossil fuels also motivate action. Nevertheless, the potential cost and difficulty of making the transition to a new energy system have generated substantial opposition from entrenched economic interests and consumers alike.