A recent letter claims that a “scientific elite” whines about climate change but never suggests any solutions.
First, let’s note the distinction between climate scientists who have spent careers analyzing the climate history of Earth and our neighboring planets, and other scientists, engineers, economists and policy analysts who are working diligently on solutions. We need climate scientists to do their jobs, while the others continue their work.
Second, a comprehensive study of solutions has been summarized and published by Project Drawdown — drawdown.org — with 100 solutions that have been ranked in order of impact. This study demonstrates that the necessary solutions already exist, and are in various stages of deployment. What is lacking is the political will to accelerate the process and get it done on the timescale that is needed.
Finally, few people believe that a carbon tax is “the” answer. Rather, it is a policy that accounts for damage from CO2 emissions and provides a strong economic incentive to reduce these. A carbon fee and dividend is better because the fees are redistributed equally to the public so that those who reduce their carbon footprint suffer less economic impact — exactly the incentive that is required.
Paul Kane
Irondequoit