Nat'l Academy of Sciences Tells Citizen-Lobbyists: First Priority is Economy-Wide Carbon Price

On Monday, Dr. Laurie Geller, director of the National Academy of Sciences’ new blue-ribbon climate change report, briefed the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s National Conference, kicking off CCL’s Washington lobby week.  Part I of NAS’s report stresses the strong evidence and broad scientific consensus that Earth’s surface is warming due to human-caused fossil fuel burning. NAS recommends further research on managing impacts on ecosystems, food production, public health and climate policy.

Part II, “Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change” calls for immediate, urgent action; its top recommendation is to “Adopt an economy-wide carbon pricing system.”  It also urges additional clean energy R&D, research into how behavior and technology interact and incentives for low greenhouse gas energy technologies.  Part III, on adaptation, suggests responses to the inevitable consequences of climate change already in motion.  Recommendations include: “develop hot weather early warning systems” as Philadelphia has done, and “Alaska: Retreat from the Coast” beginning the process of relocation from areas where thawing and erosion are rendering present settlements untenable.

Lester Brown, whose book “Plan B 4.0” is an inspiring blueprint for a sustainable, low-carbon future, also addressed the CCL conference. Brown reminded listeners that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor sparked President Roosevelt to call on industrialists to convert automobile and steel manufacturing into wartime production, leading to victory in WWII. Brown sketched a similarly broad transformation away from fossil fuels and toward efficiency and renewables that is now urgently needed to avert climate disaster — a far more profound threat to our security than Japanese invasion was in 1942. Brown stressed that a gradually and predictably-rising carbon tax is a key policy needed to drive the energy transformation required for climate stability essential to human civilization.

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  1. T. jefferson says

    In our physical realm, we have oxygen and carbon dioxide…i learned that in fifth grade..?????
    Now let me say this, a tax on an element that has been existing before any of us were born,that’s been around since creation, our planet moves in cycles with the stars, planets, sun, other galaxy’s and everything around our planet, effects our planets, climate, and has a impact on our oceans, now the sun changes temp. every so often, in a temperal scale from 1-22, it’s common laws, and the sun is starting soon it’s 22 phase so to speak, and our planet, like other planets, poles are melting,(mars) the sun is moving to a higher temp gas, and radiation, that hits each planet is effected….so a tax on carbon, what about oxygen….?? and water is already taxed..things that are natural…so mars?? needs a carbon tax also??

  2. says

    Can the EPA do it? Since congress (the opposite of progress) has declined to do anything, does the EPA have the ability and authority to implement a carbon tax? Or, can they only work by regulation?

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