It's essential reading for anyone who wants to stop climate change before it's too late. Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has founded and led several successful companies. In he co-founded a worker-owned solar energy company in San Francisco, and in he co-founded Working Assets Money Fund. He subsequently served as president of Working Assets Long Distance. His previous books include Who Owns the Sky? Climate Solutions : A Citizen's Guide. Peter Barnes.
Climate Solutions: A Citizen's Guide
This is a great intro book to the current environmental issue of climate change. My environmental economics class covered most of the policies like cap-and-trade, carbon caps, carbon taxes, investments, regulations, etc, but it's nice to read more details about it in this short and easy to understand book.
It's also really exciting to see how Obama is greatly supporting climate change policies! I hope he will use the policy author Robert Barnes recommends: cap-and-dividend. I also think cap-and-auction will work.
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On a side note Now we can really get some work done on this climate change issue like Obama's huge support for high-speed rail and declaring this year that June will be Great Outdoors month! Favorite Quotes: "A leak-proof descending carbon cap will have many positive ripple effects. Higher carbon prices will spur private investment in conservation, efficiency, and non-carbon technologies.
Utilities will know what kinds of plants to build - and coal won't be on the list. Automakers will know what kinds of cars to build - and they won't be gas guzzlers.
Highlighted Article: A Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change
Second, we must also change government priorities. This requires cutting subsidies to fossil fuels and investing in clean energy instead.
It also requires higher efficiency standards. The most important measures are: -A huge investment in mass transit and smart electricity grids; -Steadily rising efficiency standards for motor vehicles, airplanes, buildings, and appliances The goal was to raise average new-car efficiency to Other helpful policies include: -Transition assistance to workers, communities, and businesses badly hurt by rising fuel prices.
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Of course, legacy industries will resist many of these policies. They'll push for loopholes and giveaways that add emissions and pick our pockets. That's where citizen involvement is critical. Citizens must pressure politicians to hang tough. While it's always tempting to grant concessions to powerful companies, we can't afford to do so this time. The stakes are too high and the margin for error too small. Arief rated it really liked it Sep 11, Steebie rated it really liked it Nov 06, Allison Hiltz rated it liked it Jan 29, Paul Vittay rated it really liked it Apr 27, Scott rated it liked it Apr 30, Maggie rated it liked it Jul 15, Claudia Ruina rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Kristin rated it it was ok Jan 25, Lisa rated it it was ok Aug 30, Lauren Casey added it Jun 09, Elizabeth Hills marked it as to-read Dec 18, Chelsea Green Publishing added it Apr 04, Zach added it Jul 23, Bffrank2 added it Aug 18, Erik marked it as to-read Mar 01, Lucas Land marked it as to-read May 07, Rania Masri added it Aug 18, Stephie Jane Rexroth marked it as to-read Nov 30, Derek Huntington added it Dec 15, Elisa marked it as to-read Feb 05, Scott Casey added it May 07, Josh Tegart marked it as to-read Jul 15, Andy Caffrey marked it as to-read Oct 12, This pretext rests on three falsehoods:.
In fact, climate change does not endanger the survival of civilization or the habitability of the planet. So-called climate solutions are bureaucratic power grabs and corporate welfare schemes with no detectable climate-related benefits. Policy makers and the public should consider a realistic alternative to both catastrophism and denialism. There have been two global warming periods during the past century. A mild cooling occurred during the s and s.
Climate campaigners often depict global warming as bad for good things e. However, both CO 2 emissions and global warming have significant direct ecological and health benefits. Rising CO 2 concentration, climate change, and nitrogen deposition—another byproduct of fossil fuel combustion—have expanded global green foliage cover by an area twice the size of the continental U.
Improving State of the World. If climate change were a global ecological crisis, we would expect to find evidence of declining health and well-being over the past 70 years. Instead, we find dramatic improvement in life expectancy, per capita income, food security, and various health-related metrics. Global life expectancy increased by 48 percent, from 48 years in to Globally, 2.
Massive development challenges remain. An estimated million people live in extreme poverty,  more than million are undernourished, and 1. As the human population tripled since , increasing shares of the population enjoy longer lifespans, better health, enhanced food security, greater material comfort, and a plethora of high-tech products unknown to the elites of former times. Science—Models vs. Real World Data. Much of what passes for climate science today is model-based speculation about future impacts. For example, the average climate sensitivity estimated in two dozen recent studies is 40 percent lower than the average estimated by the U.
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Our energy-rich civilization has made the climate much more livable and is making economic development less sensitive to climatic factors. Extreme Weather. Since , there has been no trend in the strength or frequency of U. Since the s, there has been no increase in flood magnitudes in any region of the United States,  and since , there has been no nationwide increase in drought as measured by the Palmer Drought Severity Index.
When weather patterns change, people adapt.
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Globally, the total area burned by wildfires declined in every decade from the s to the s. Drought promotes hot weather and vice versa, and both promote fire activity. Strong Santa Ana and Diablo winds whip up and propel the most catastrophic California wildfires, such as the Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise.