Climate Change Legislation by Christopher Porto

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October 15, 2012

CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Climate Solutions Act of 2013

The purpose of this policy proposal is to catalyze swift action by the United States of America on reducing its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change.

Problem: Climate change poses a significant threat to the United States and the world at large both in terms of economic growth, national security, and environmental sustainability.

Proposal:  Enact comprehensive legislation to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the United States of America in line with scientific recommendations to prevent an increase of 2 degrees Celsius in global average temperatures. The following sectors of the national economy will be targeted in this proposal to reduce their carbon impact:

  • Power
  • Industry
  • Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Waste/Fugitives
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry

In this policy proposal, federal emission reduction targets will be suggested and a plan to allocate the responsibility amongst the states will be recommended. The established targets will be achieved through a combination of federal mandates and market-based mechanisms as well as with advanced research & development. The key policy mechanisms that will be recommended in the proposal are as follows:

  • Cap-and-Trade Program
  • Renewable Portfolio Standard
  • Energy Efficiency Standard
  • High Efficiency Vehicle Standard
  • Low Carbon Fuel Standard
  • Green Building Standard
  • Sustainable Forestry Standard
  • Sustainable Agriculture Standard

The cornerstone of this legislative proposal will be a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program that effectively reduces emissions using a long-term declining limit on emissions and efficiently uncovers the lowest cost options for meeting nation-wide goals through market forces. While placing a price on carbon will play a central role in the proposal, federal mandates through various standards will also work to create a strategic vision for the country to move towards a low-carbon economy.

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7 thoughts on “Climate Change Legislation by Christopher Porto

  1. there will be fossil cabron corporations and governments of states with large fossil cabron extraction industries who see climate action as a real threats to their profits, employment levels and tax revenue.The climate action opponent attack fronts include:1. The risks are exaggerated: a. Climate science is grossly exaggerating the effect of rising greenhouse gas levels on climate. b. The impact of temperature increases and higher CO2 levels are exaggerated.2. The action required to slow climate change will destroy our country’s/the world’s economy.On each of these fronts what is being put forward by climate action supporters is complex. There is the inherently complex science and complex action plans based on ETS or cabron taxes. There is not a great deal that can be done about the science at this stage although some of the communication might be improved.On the other hand there are things that can be done about the action plan. It is pointless getting sucked into arguments about long term targets. All that is doing is convincing people that it is all too hard. What we need at the moment is a simple action plan for the next 5 to 10 years. An action plan that can at least convince people that there are easy things that can be done to at least slow down the rate of climate change until we are better prepared to do something about it.

  2. If we do not get very focused on climate change now, we will have no need to discuss healthcare or tax reform.

    • Megan,

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. Everything on the list comes after this and if we don’t get started soon, now, yesterday we are in trouble. How did 350.org do yesterday in D.C. This will be tell tale of how we will do this year Keystone pipeline and all. The Economist magazine is all for it dispite the pictures they showed with the articles on Oil in Canada and the U.S. Looks like hell on earth!

    • my point was that certain peolpe choose to believe only what they want to believe and, if someone disagrees with them, they brand them liars.Some peolpe will believe something regardless of the evidence in front of them. I chose to believe that climate change is real because the vast majority of the peer-reviewed literature supports it. If that were to change I would revise my position on this issue.

  3. Climate Change due to global warming is the singlle most threatening challenge the planetary “we” faces. Worst case– scarce potable water, famine and civil chaos could precipitate a regression to geographically dispersed and isolated settlements where the politics of Don Beck’s dirt scratch survival, tribalism and warlords prevail. Adaptation to climate change has to be high on the list of political initiatives or the other proposals could become irrelevant.

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