Our Turn: It’s time to put a price on carbon

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:46:22 AM. In the first week of November, two important events emerged in the confluence of Washington, D.C.: The U.S. House unveiled a sweeping tax reform package, and the Trump administration released a sweeping report on climate change.The House tax-reform...
In the first week of November, two important events emerged in the confluence of Washington, D.C.: The U.S. House unveiled a sweeping tax reform package, and the Trump administration released a sweeping report on climate change. The House tax-reform package is silent on a carbon tax. However, the Climate Science Special Report released by the administration is far from silent about human-induced climate change. The report, mandated by Congress under a 1990 law signed by President George H.W. Bush and involving expertise from 13 federal agencies, states that the connection between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change and the warmest period in civilization is “unambiguous.” Based upon scientific rigor and analysis, the 2017 report paints a clear picture of a changing climate: global temperature (up 1.8 degrees since 1901); sea level rise (8 inches since 1900, half of that rise since 1993); heavy rainfall (increasing in frequency and intensity); heatwaves (more frequent since the 1960s); and incidence of daily tidal flooding (accelerating in 25 U.S. coastal cities). The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the highest it has been in 3 million years. Decelerating the use of fossil fuels is necessary in order to stabilize CO2 concentrations, and over 190 nations agreed with this assessment when they signed the Paris accord. Today only the United States opposes the Paris climate accord. The problem is greenhouse gas emissions, so what’s the solution? To...Read more
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