A draft of the U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report from June 28 concludes with very high confidence that the global climate (i.e., globally averaged temperature, sea level rise, Arctic sea ice) continues to change rapidly compared to the pace of the natural variations in climate that have occurred throughout Earth’s history, and the changes provide consistent evidence of a warming planet; many lines of evidence demonstrate that it is extremely likely that humans have been the dominant cause of the warming since the mid-20th century; and the magnitude of climate change beyond the next few decades will depend primarily on the amount of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases (GHG) emitted globally.
James Baker and George Shultz have proposed a “Conservative Climate Solution” that would achieve significantly greater emissions reduction than all current and previous climate regulations. Their plan would put a fee on carbon that is raised gradually each year, and give 100 percent of it back in equal payments to all Americans. They state, “Not only would this help prevent the destabilizing consequences of climate change, it also would reduce the need to protect or seek to influence politically vulnerable oil-producing regions.”
Learn more about this plan at Climate Leadership Council clcouncil.org, and join me in contacting elected representatives at all levels of government to request that Congress adopt a carbon fee and dividend plan.