Given the political infeasibility of a carbon tax to speed the transformation to a sustainable economy, we need to rapidly move on to another policy approach.
Politics Archives - State of the Planet
We have a presidency and an energy policy that is seeking to achieve fossil fuel dominance at the very moment that the rest of the world is desperately working to replace those fuels with renewable alternatives.
Last week, Scott Pruitt provided us with additional insight into his views about climate change.
We should be thinking about regulation as a way of ensuring our economic activity can proceed with the least possible amount of unanticipated negative impacts. We need to police ourselves and make sure that the rules of correct behavior are clear, fair, well understood and creatively applied.
It’s popular to believe that the private sector is a paragon of efficiency and that government is simply waste, fraud and abuse, but it is simply not true. It is essential that we focus on building the public-private collaborations that have long made this nation great.
Charging drivers more could provide much-needed funding for public transit, while reducing traffic and making Manhattan a better place to live and work.
Despite the chaos that has enveloped the White House, we can take comfort in the day-to-day functioning of our American communities.
The recent birth of my first grandchild reinforces my desire to believe that the world that she will inherit will be at least as good as my world, if not better. I am trusting her future to the sustainability leaders and professionals that have emerged during the first part of the 21st century.
Renewable energy will displace fossil fuels when (not if) it becomes as reliable, cheaper, and more convenient. The polls indicate that the latent market for renewables in already in place, with young Americans strongly supporting a transition away from fossil fuels.