Citizens’ Climate Lobby published this introductory video on You Tube in 2016. Your comments are welcomed!
This Wall Street Journal article from November, 2016, reports on the trend of global oil producers beginning to acknowledge the inevitability of a shift from oil-based fuels to natural gas and renewables.
This report is about the benefits of Investing in a Clean Energy Economy.
“Economic risks of unmitigated climate change to American businesses and long-term investors are large and unacceptable.” This was the finding of the Risky Business Project, in their initial report in 2014, “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States.”
The Co-Chairs of the Project are Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson Jr., and Tom Steyer.
Very useful data and analysis using modeling of four possible pathways to an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
One of the policy foundations they call for is a price on carbon.
Eric S. Godoy and Aaron Jaffe’s opinion was published today in the Opinion in New York Times. They say “We don’t need a war on climate change, we need a revolution.”
The Missoulian published an interview with our Cross Country Cyclers as they visited Missoula and presented at Imagine Nation Brewing. Next stop is Great Falls. They will meet at the Celtic Cowboy on September 13 and talk about their trip for climate solutions awareness.
Follow them on Facebook! Low Carbon Crossings.
The Yale360 climate blog posted an opinion by Bill McKibben on September 12, 2016, where he says it is time for a carbon tax and “it isn’t enough.”
He recommends the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s fee and dividend proposal, with the fee rising incrementally, and rebates going “straight to all the citizens, maybe even in the form of a monthly check.” He calls for environmental justice for poor people, people of color, Native Americans, and undocumented immigrants.
He reminds us that a price on carbon is only one of a host of actions that are required if we are to have a chance of cutting emissions six or seven percent a year, which is now required. “An outside chance, but a chance.”
This 300 page book published September, 2016, by the National Academies Press (chartered by Congress) is the most up to date and credible analysis of the current status of technologies and policies supporting clean electric power technology.
It can be downloaded for free. The first 14 pages (as far as I got) summarize their recommendations to address barriers to greater incorporation of cleaner energy. There is no question that this must be started immediately.
One, market prices for electricity do not include “hidden” costs of pollution on human health, agriculture, and the environment. They call this a “market failure where government action is often justified” and call for a “price on pollution.” Greenhouse gases could also “be accounted for” in the market.(p. 4)
The second barrier is the size and scope of the climate change challenge. It “necessitates a significant switch to increasingly clean power sources.” Pricing “pollution,” however, will not be sufficient to address “cost and performance issues” of these increasingly clean power sources, such as “integrating them into the grid at high levels.”(p. 4)
More energy options and significant changes to the electricity grid and to “the roles of utilities, regulators, and third parties” will be necessary. (p. 4)
The authors are a “Committee on Determinants of Market Adoption of Advanced Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Technology” of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. There is diversity of public, military, and private entities, and disciplines. I look forward to public discussion of these recommendations.