It was great to read about the things Edmonds is doing to address climate change, but small, local efforts, necessary as they are, will never be enough in time. We need national legislation. The latest IPCC reports say we have to reduce CO2 emissions drastically in the next 15 years or we will face “catastrophic” climate change.
There is a simple, realistic plan for replacing fossil fuels without hurting our economy or punishing consumers. Eight Nobel Prize-wining economists and the Harvard economist who co-authored of the latest IPCC report advocate a consumer-friendly carbon tax to transition efficiently to clean energy without economic pain. The plan is detailed on the Citizens Climate Lobby website.
A steadily increasing carbon pollution tax rebated directly to consumers, a “tax swap,” will let the market make the switch to renewables as carbon fuels get increasingly more expensive than solar and wind energy. As they scale up, solar and wind get cheaper and storage/intermittency problems have been solved. Solar and wind are already becoming competitive with dirty energy even though their subsidies have been eliminated while massive, and completely unnecessary multi-billion dollar annual subsidies for fossil fuels continue. This plan requires no government regulations and is revenue neutral.
If you want something big done on climate change, write Congress and demand action.
Lynn Goldfarb, Citizens Climate Lobby Volunteer