Can America Lead World to a Carbon Free Future?
Thankfully in our constant climate news tracking we are noting less debate about climate change's existence and proposing of dangerous half-measures, and more scientists, citizens and policy-makers proposing dramatic efforts to cut emissions as fast and as much as possible. For example in a recent speech Al Gore made brave and substantive proposals [more] for an immediate freeze on carbon dioxide emissions and elimination of payroll taxes in favor of pollution taxes – both are not politically easy, but are imaginative and at the scale required to solve the problem. And a Stanford University conference notes that humanity has 500 to 1000 years of fossil fuel, mostly coal, that could be burned. “China alone is building the equivalent of a Manhattan every year and a large coal-fired power plant every week.” They propose moving to a “massively carbonless” future by 2050 through increased energy efficiency and massive renewable energy developments. It is vital that these and other measures that are sufficient to actually address and solve the climate crisis are carefully debated, developed and implemented now.