Until there are penalties for emitting carbon, clean alternatives will just meet new energy demand. They are not currently displacing ‘fossil fuel use to any great extent’ and will not in the future.”
Robinson Meyer, commenting on three linked articles by the Global Carbon Project, in 5 Big Trends That Increased Earth’s Carbon Pollution, The Atlantic, Dec. 3. The quote is from the project’s article in Nature Climate Change (links are in the Atlantic article).
The next U.S. president can save more lives and better improve human health by slowing climate change than by improving health insurance.”
New York Times columnist David Leonhardt, in The Most Pressing Issue for Our Next President Isn’t Medicare, October 27.
“In terms of CO2’s greenhouse effect, today’s world is already as far from that of the 18th century as the 18th century was from the ice age.”
What Goes Up, The Economist, Sept 21-27 (subscription required).
You shouldn’t be able to externalize these costs. That’s the problem with fossil fuels.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, at the Democratic presidential candidates’ climate debate, Sept 4. [link TK]
The morning after he dropped out, Inslee announced he would seek a third term as governor of Washington. A number of journalists tweeted that he would do well as the next Democratic EPA administrator. I disagree. The EPA’s ambit is too narrow, and climate change too sprawling, for Inslee’s time and talents. If the 2020 Democratic nominee, whoever it is, really wants to tackle climate change as their own plan discusses it—as an issue afflicting the whole economy—then they’ll need to show that someone in their administration can tackle it at the whole-economy level. They’ll need to put their money, in other words, where their Medium post is. They could start by calling Jay Inslee. He would make an excellent vice president.”
Robinson Meyer, in For Democrats, When Does Climate Change … Actually Matter?, The Atlantic, August 22.
Germany’s Greens recently learned from a study of voter concerns in Europe that the second-most-popular statement among far-right voters, after one on limiting migration, was this: ‘We need to act on climate change because it’s hitting the poorest first and it’s caused by the rich.’
New York Times, Greens Aim to Make Climate a Bread-and-Butter Issue, July 14.
It’s not surprising that if you raise the price of something, people will buy less of it.”
Christina A. Roberto, health policy expert at the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school and lead author of a JAMA study of Philadelphia’s soda tax, quoted in Tuesday Could Be the Beginning of the End of Philadelphia’s Soda Tax, New York Times, May 21.
Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling.”
Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg, addressing Parliament (U.K.), quoted in The Uncanny Power of Greta Thunberg’s Climate-Change Rhetoric, The New Yorker magazine, April 24.
A decade ago, I thought the most efficient climate policy is making dirty energy more expensive. It is the most efficient, but if politically it can’t happen, well, then it’s not the most efficient.”
NY Times op-ed columnist David Leonhardt, discussing his Sunday Times Magazine article, The Problem With Putting a Price on the End of the World, April 13. (The quote appears on p. 6 in the magazine’s print edition and is not available digitally.)
I’m looking at global warming — I don’t need to see the graphs. I’m living it and everybody else here is living it.”
Cathy Crain, mayor of Hamburg, IA, referring to the role of climate change in increasing the frequency of extreme weather events, following two record-setting floods that devastated Hamburg in a single decade. — An Iowa Town Fought and Failed to Save a Levee. Then Came the Flood., New York Times, March 20.
“Popular understanding of climate change fails to fully appreciate its irreversibility. Every increment of heat, and every knock-on effect of that heat, is something our species will be dealing with, for all intents and purposes, forever. Can’t ‘get to it later.’ “
Climate blogger David Roberts (@drvox), via Twitter, March 11.
If you really want to innovate, there has to be a cost to carbon pollution. Without that, where is the incentive to innovate?”
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Taxing Carbon Emissions, letter published in The New York Times, Dec. 31.
The I.P.C.C. has sounded many alarms, and the world just keeps smashing the alarm and keeps on sleeping.”
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, quoted in New York Times,
The Paris Accord Promised a Climate Solution. Here’s Where We Are Now., Dec. 14.
Expecting all working people and families to own and maintain a motor vehicle in order to participate in society is more regressive than a carbon tax.”
Tweet by Anthony Ryan (@printtemps), Dec. 9.
I would have been tickled to see success in Washington state, but I never believed an idea this nuanced would survive the last three weeks of the ad wars.”
Massachusetts state Sen. Michael Barrett (D), author of legislation that would establish a state carbon tax, commenting on the defeat of I-1631 in Washington state, in
Carbon advocates won’t quit after a string of defeats, by Ben Storrow, E&E News, Nov. 13.
Issue that will affect my vote? Climate change. Because anything else that we get wrong, we can revise in 10 years. But not this one.”
Susan Donaldson of Cambridge, Mass., with the final word in The New York Times’ “What Motivates Your [Midterms] Vote” letters section, Sunday, Oct. 21.
What once seemed random climatic misfortune now occurs more predictably.”
As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair, Kevin Sack & John Schwartz, NY Times, Oct 8.
Our most sweeping, impressive, and consequential project as a species is the global effort to get as much ancient life out of the ground everywhere it exists, and into the air as fast as possible.”
Tweet by journalist Peter Brannen, commenting on Saudi Aramco’s Manifa shallow water oilfield, Sept 9.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine July report connecting global warming to the increased risk and severity of certain classes of extreme weather — like some of the heat waves, floods and droughts we’re experiencing — carries the same scientific import as the U.S. surgeon general’s 1964 report connecting smoking to lung cancer.”
In many places, people are preparing for the past or present climate. But this summer is the future.”
Robert Vautard, senior scientist, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris, in This Summer’s Heat Waves Could Be the Strongest Climate Signal Yet, reported by Bob Berwyn, Inside Climate News, July 28.