Sometimes, each side chooses to cover entirely different subjects. Today, we decided to focus on two issues that are being widely covered on one side but less so on the other. While there won’t be a “flip side" to the arguments being made below, we think alerting our readers to the topics themselves is part of bursting media bubbles. We welcome your feedback!
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a special report on the impact of global warming... This new study says that going past 1.5C is dicing with the planet's liveability. And the 1.5C temperature ‘guard rail’ could be exceeded in just 12 years... Keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will mean ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’."
The left is deeply alarmed and calling for global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“This isn’t just a science report. This is a few hundred of the world’s best scientists screaming (in terrifyingly politely worded specificity) for the world to step up.”
“[The report] finds that the world has already warmed by... 1 degree Celsius since humans began sending industrial pollution into the atmosphere. The costs of this warmth can be seen around the world: This decade alone, sweltering heat waves have killed thousands; engorged floods have ravaged cities from Houston to North Carolina; and half of the coral in the Great Barrier Reef has died. The question is what happens next."
If we are able to successfully reduce emissions, “hundreds of millions of people would be spared extended periods of extreme heat, water scarcity, drought and flooding. Crop yields would not fall as drastically. Coral reefs would have a chance of survival. Countless species would be spared extinction."
Worth noting: “It is not the direct effects of climate change alone but their indirect effects on the political and economic structures of the world that make it a genuinely existential threat... Among the tipping points that we cannot foresee in any detail is the prospect of historically unprecedented refugee migrations as whole populations who have no choice but to starve or move set out for land where they can live."
Many are calling for a carbon tax.
“What ought to happen is that the US sits down with the European Union and Japan and decides on a carbon tax. The initial tax should be low, but it should be set to escalate. And the three big players in the global economy should also agree to impose a fairly stiff tariff on any country that doesn’t agree to join the carbon tax club. Right away, a bunch of countries will want to join the club, and with each new country that joins, staying out of the club becomes costlier.”
“Unfortunately, no alarm seems loud enough to penetrate the walls of the White House... Perhaps the most important thing the public can do right now is seek out and support candidates who take this threat seriously. Also ballot measures: In Washington State, Gov. Jay Inslee is asking voters to approve a carbon tax. It would be the first of its kind, in any state, and could serve as an inspiration for others."
New York Times
In addition to a carbon tax, here are nine other policy ideas to reduce emissions.
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