President Obama’s new climate action plan commits the U.S. to lower carbon emissions to 17% below those recorded in 2005 by the year 2020. The agenda proposes that this be accomplished by cutting plant emissions, expanding the federal land area available for renewable energy options, and encouraging green building projects and efficient energy. The comprehensive plan also sets forth goals to prepare communities for the changing climate and adapt properly to the changes we have already seen. We asked our Zintro experts to share their opinions on the new plan and its ability to help the U.S. tackle climate change.
Dr. Natt Arian specializes in petroleum and charge risk analysis and believes “This plan puts the U.S. on the correct path to tackle the climate change problem. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology proved its capability to reduce emissions from large emission sources. [maybe] the U.S. and other countries should employ this technology on a larger scale. Meanwhile, improvement of more sustainable renewable energy and energy efficient projects can contribute in controlling our future emissions.”
According to Dr. Guy McPherson, an expert in global sustainability and environmental studies and research, “The rate of climate change clearly has gone beyond linear, as indicated by the presence of the myriad self-reinforcing feedback loops […] and now threatens our species with extinction in the near term. In the face of near-term human extinction, Americans view the threat as distant and irrelevant, as illustrated by a 22 April 2013 article in the Washington Post based on poll results that echo the long-held sentiment that elected officials should be focused on the industrial economy, not far-away minor nuisances such as climate change.”
Sergio Casella works in industrial energy savings and wonders “Why Governments propose improvements gradually? Why not shock type measures?” For example, “governments apply common taxes instead of increasing energy and fuel taxes.”
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