U.S. al­ready leads in re­duc­ing emis­sions

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - OPINION -

We are in­deed among the lead­ers in re­duc­ing emis­sions, due mainly to in­creased nat­u­ral gas. We can do bet­ter, as some coun­tries are. The fact is the U.S. pro­duced over 5.1 bil­lion met­ric tons of CO2 in 2017. As the lat­est Na­tional Cli­mate As­sess­ment states, we need to be a zero car­bon econ­omy by 2050. A moreof-the-same decade of only in­cre­men­tal progress will put us on a path to­ward 3 de­grees Cel­cius warm­ing within the life­time of to­day’s chil­dren.

The world’s lead­ing ex­perts in eco­nomics and sci­ence rec­om­mend a price on car­bon emis­sions. Re­fund­ing that fee is crit­i­cal for pub­lic sup­port. Canada re­cently leg­is­lated such a plan. Last week, sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion, the En­ergy In­no­va­tion and Car­bon Div­i­dend Act, was in­tro­duced in Congress with bi­par­ti­san sup­port.

Jef­frey Do­rian, Plan­ta­tion

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