Juliette Rooney-Varga, a CABA board member, and Marc Breslow, Climate XChange’s Director of Research and Policy, came together to write an opinion piece on carbon pricing that was featured in the Lowell Sun. Here’s a sneak peek:
State’s Time to Lead on Climate is Now
“On Saturday, the People’s March for climate, jobs and justice will take place in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country, including on the Boston Common, calling for rapid reductions in greenhouse gas pollution. Massachusetts is well positioned to lead this critical effort.
The science is clear: a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and toward a clean-energy future is needed to avoid dangerous climate change. The good news is that such a transition would also bring benefits to the economy and public health.
While 75 percent of registered voters nationwide support regulation of fossil fuel emissions, Congress has refused to enact science-based climate policies. Also, the Trump administration is moving quickly to reverse policies enacted by the former administration, such as the Clean Power Plan and higher fuel efficiency standards for cars. Further, vested interests who profit from fossil fuels seek to misinform the public, trying to shed doubt on the scientific certainty about human-caused climate change.
In Massachusetts most politicians, including Gov. Charlie Baker, accept climate science and its implications for what must be done to protect our children’s futures. Baker has pledged to meet the legal mandates of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act — reducing our greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.
Scientists across the globe agree that the latter target, at a minimum, is essential to slow the rate of change and eventually stabilize the climate. Cutting emissions by 80 percent is a daunting task, but experts worldwide agree that one of the essential policies to get there is to incorporate the true cost of burning fossil fuels into their price. Higher prices will push both energy producers and consumers to move toward renewable energy and energy efficiency and away from fossil fuels.”