Author Archives: Jane C. S. Long


This article is in Infrastructure for a Stormy Future, Winter 2018

What drives innovation? In “What Does Innovation Today Tell Us about the US Economy Tomorrow?” (Issues, Fall 2017), Jeffrey Funk starts with an assertion that puzzles me, but after that he develops and provides evidence for a point of view that is quite consistent with my knowledge. He asserts early on that most scholars of […]

Coordinated Action Against Climate Change: A New World Symphony

This article is in Climate Engineering, Spring 2017

A systems approach begins with limiting greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to unavoidable climate disruptions, while researching the feasibility and governability of geoengineering. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report, issued in 2014, any plausible path for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions that would keep the Earth from warming by more than […]

A Blind Man’s Guide to Energy Policy

This article is in Ending the Inertia on Energy Policy, Winter 2008

The broad vision needed to transform the energy system will develop only when narrowly focused constituencies learn to see through the eyes of others. The United States has seemingly reached a consensus that energy is a serious problem. Unfortunately, there is no consensus on the solution. Three major constituencies are dominating discussion of the problem, […]

The 80% Solution: Radical Carbon Emission Cuts for California

This article is in Making Sense of the Adolescent Brain, Spring 2012

The technology and knowledge exist to take the state most of the way to its ambitious 2050 goal, but more research will be needed in a few key areas to achieve full success. There is a lot of buzz about innovation being needed to radically reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases […]

Vested Interests and Geoengineering Research

This article is in Health Care That's Not for Dummies, Spring 2013

Much remains uncertain about geoengineering, which may offer important benefits—or risks. In moving ahead, there is a set of guidelines that should prove valuable. On March 11, 2011, Japan suffered one of the most devastating earthquakes in its history, followed by a massive tsunami that engulfed reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant located […]