Mark Jaccard

October 05, 2010

"Most governments have been unwilling to implement strong climate policies, although they talk a good line about ambitious targets and faking-it policies."

Mark Jaccard is an environmental economist whose unconventional research on climate policy and energy strategies has earned him both criticism and great acclaim. For almost two decades, Jaccard has maintained we will not reduce greenhouse gas emission unless our climate policies are dominated by strong emissions pricing and regulations.

Jaccard has agued that our energy options should not be portrayed as a choice between good and evil-between fossil fuels and renewable energy. All of Jaccard's positions have been controversial and unpopular with key interests at various times, including politicians, industry, some leading environmental groups and certain media. As a result, Jaccard has frequently been the object of attacks, sometimes of a very personal nature.