The climate crisis has replaced the COVID-19 crisis (Time Magazine, April/May 2021). Time reports that leaders in all walks of life (corporate, government and health) are recognizing the human and economic crises caused by extreme climate events. Science has warned us and now many are listening. Climate solutions are being infused into every government agency. Auto manufacturing must respond to consumers concerned about emissions. Some corporations have deliberately given misinformation (e.g., Toyota emissions and Manville asbestos). Builders are responding to make structures climate resistant and green. Social justice advocates are concerned because hot weather drives crime up. Air and water quality affect everyone but especially minorities in vulnerable communities. Approximately 26,400,000 people in the United States are migrating right now and need new housing, jobs, schools, health care, etc.
Michael Mann pointed out that reducing the impact on carbon will not amount to much if the burden is put on individual consumers. In his recent book (“The Climate War”) he listed tactics the fossil fuel industry is using to place the burden on individuals. Misguided tactics include stopping the climate crisis by changing what we drive and eat and recycle.
Comprehensive solutions must deal with carbon at its source. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 2307) is broadly supported in Congress. It includes a price on carbon at its source which will encourage development of clean energy. All revenue is given to Americans to afford the transition to clean energy.
John Swisher, State College.
This article originally appeared in the Centre Daily Times.