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Gernot Wagner

Gernot Wagner

Writing for PS since 2016
23 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. What Steel Decarbonization Needs
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    What Steel Decarbonization Needs

    Nov 21, 2023 Chris Bataille & Gernot Wagner detail the policy interventions needed to clean up an indispensable, but carbon-intensive, sector.

  2. How China Can Save the World – and Itself
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    How China Can Save the World – and Itself

    Oct 30, 2023 Gernot Wagner & Conor Walsh show that the country’s slowing growth and rising emissions are both tied to the same problem.

  3. The Green Growth Mindset
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    The Green Growth Mindset

    Sep 29, 2023 Gernot Wagner sees doctrinaire debates about capitalism as irrelevant or even deleterious to the decarbonization effort.

  4. Carbon Capture and Delay
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    Carbon Capture and Delay

    Aug 10, 2023 Gernot Wagner worries that new federal rules in the United States will unwittingly extend the life of existing power plants.

  5. What the Climate Fight Is Really About
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    What the Climate Fight Is Really About

    Jul 17, 2023 Gernot Wagner observes that the main issue is not just cutting emissions but reducing costly uncertainties.

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    The New Roots of Anti-Semitism

    Slavoj Žižek worries that Zionist fundamentalism is exacerbating the problem it purports to solve.
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    When Investors Subvert States

    Jayati Ghosh urges policymakers to end the undemocratic practice of allowing multinationals to sue sovereign countries.
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    Accelerating Latin America’s Clean-Energy Revolution

    Patricia Espinosa & Lourdes Melgar tout the huge opportunities and identify the main challenges of the transition to renewables in the region.
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    What Anti-Trumpism Is Missing

    Daron Acemoglu urges Democrats to support working-class interests and priorities after many years of neglect.
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    Beware the New Consensus on the Global Economy

    Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Despite an increasingly challenging economic and geopolitical environment, the global economy performed better than expected over the past year. But although analysts’ projections for 2023 were too pessimistic, it appears that consensus forecasts for the coming year may have have swung too far in the opposite direction.

    worries that domestic political divisions and market volatility could exacerbate financial vulnerabilities.
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    The Future of China’s Financial System

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng assess the outcome of the country’s first Central Financial Work Conference in six years.
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    Mapping the Future of ESG at COP28

    Vijay Bains predicts that the upcoming climate summit in Dubai will build a global consensus on sustainable investing.
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    Cry for Milei’s Argentina

    Paola Subacchi cautions against the incoming leader’s pledge to establish the greenback as the sole legal tender.
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    Petrostates Must Take the Lead on Climate Finance

    Ban Ki-moon, et al.

    If COP28 is to be judged a success, the UAE, as the summit’s host, and other hydrocarbon producers should promise to dedicate some of the windfall oil and gas profits they earned last year to accelerating the green transition in the Global South. Doing so could encourage historic and current emitters to pay their fair share.

    urges oil-exporting countries to kickstart a program of green investment in the Global South at COP28.

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