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The Corporations Speak

By: Anna McGinn ’14 Reading industries’ and corporations’ take on climate change policy is an interesting perspective to dissect especially after reading IPCC and scientific documents. Their focus is not to describe the science of climate change or to create international agreements on GHG emissions. Rather their report, “Assessing U.S. Climate Policy Options: A report summarizing work at RFF as part of the inter-industry U.S. Climate Policy Forum,” explains how corporations would like the United States to approach climate change regulations. From page one, they focus on regulating GHG emissions through various market approaches. In the realm of corporations, everything has a dollar value. Further, they are careful to use non-committal language and are vague in their explanations of solutions. Despite some drawbacks, it seems impressive that these 23 corporations came … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carbon Markets, Climate Change

Climate Change, Politicized. Nations, Polarized.

In the world today, it is impossible for issues of climate change’s magnitude to be isolated from politics.  The government is the body within the United States and most other countries which has the power to impose regulations on the people within its jurisdiction.  Thus it is the government which needs to create and uphold standards of environmental protection in order for people to actually change their ways of life.  Ironically, now more than ever in recent history, the United States government is polarized on almost all large issues, especially climate change.  This division results in discussions which end with the decision that “more research is needed” rather than a call to collective action to prevent the predicted disastrous effects of climate change from occurring. In addition to the fact that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change