LETTER TO THE EDITOR: New IPCC report states importance of carbon pricing
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In response to a Pioneer online article from Aug. 12, 2021, " Climate change could boost North Dakota, Minnesota average temperature by 3.6 degrees, report predicts ."
The final section of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report just came out and focuses on what kinds of policies to enact to prevent the kind of future this article warns us we're on track to face.
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One policy, carbon pricing, is mentioned 680 times. It states that emissions are still rising, and we have affordable energy solutions to save the planet from the worst impacts of climate change, but politics is getting in the way .
Earlier this year, the report’s second section called carbon pricing “the most powerful and efficient” strategy available to reduce emissions.
Putting a price on pollution is an effective and powerful solution to move the economy away from fossil fuels while returning a carbon cashback to citizens and creating clean energy jobs.
Couple this with another recent report from the Office of Management and Budget that estimates the cost of flood, fire, and drought fueled by climate change could total 7.1% annual revenue loss, equal to $2 trillion a year , by the end of the century.
We can't keep shouldering these costs on future generations, instead, we need to take fiscally-responsible solutions such as putting a price on carbon to lower emissions and prevent climate change from getting far worse.
Write your member of Congress so that we take action and make sure to pass the strongest climate legislation possible this session.