[OP-ED]: The messy reality of global warming

 06/07/2017 - 10:10
Based on present technology and knowledge, we don’t know how to solve global warming. There is no obvious way to eliminate our pervasive dependence on fossil fuels without plunging the world into a prolonged depression and inviting widespread civil strife. 

There was no need for President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement to achieve his goal of overturning the Obama administration’s global warming policy. This had already occurred through court rulings and executive orders, which effectively halted higher vehicle fuel economy standards (up to 54.5 miles per gallon) and ended the Clean Power Plan program, which pushed electric utilities to shift away from coal.

[OP-ED]: La confusa realidad del calentamiento global

 06/07/2017 - 10:06
Sobre la base de nueva tecnología y conocimientos, no sabemos cómo resolver el calentamiento global. No hay una manera obvia de eliminar nuestra dependencia de los combustibles fósiles sin someter al mundo a una prolongada depresión e invitar conflictos civiles generalizados. 

No había necesidad de que el presidente Trump retirara a Estados Unidos del acuerdo climático de París para lograr su objetivo de anular la política de calentamiento global del gobierno de Obama. Eso ya había ocurrido por medio de fallos judiciales y órdenes ejecutivas, que efectivamente detuvieron los estándares más altos de eficiencia de combustible para vehículos (hasta 54,5 millas por galón) y acabaron con el programa Clean Power Plan, que promovía que los servicios eléctricos abandonaran el carbón. 

[OP-ED]: Two cheers for a carbon tax

 02/19/2017 - 20:55

Fossil fuels now supply four-fifths of the world’s energy, a share that has dropped only slightly since 1990. To stabilize CO2 concentrations, we must essentially stop burning fossil fuels. How is this to happen? Supporters of a carbon tax hope that the market mechanism -- higher prices for fossil fuels -- will unleash a torrent of innovation: safer nuclear, less costly solar, better batteries. This is a leap of faith. Higher prices do not guarantee technological breakthroughs.

By all means, let’s have a carbon tax. It’s the best way to deal with global climate change. It would require Republicans and Democrats to compromise -- a good thing -- and would provide revenues for a government that desperately needs more revenue. Fine. But let’s not pretend that a carbon tax is a panacea for either climate change or too much debt.

Plain Text Author: 
Robert J. Samuelson