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CLEAN POWER PLAN IN DENIAL

Clean Power Plan 

As long as we emit more carbon than can be absorbed by natural sinks such as forests, concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere will keep rising, and the climate will keep warming. So stabilizing climate change at any temperature requires achieving zero net emissions.

CARBON TAX

What does it take for such a fundamental transition of the global economy to happen?

ECONOMIC theory says that when an individual’s choice damages others’ interests, that Governments can try to reduce emissions in three ways:

  1. Subsidising alternatives,
  2. Imposing standards on products and processes
  3. Pricing the greenhouse gases that cause the damage.

The first is almost always a bad idea; Governments still hand out too many allowances. The second should generally be avoided; Neither subsidies nor standards should be needed if greenhouse gases are priced to reflect the damage they do.

The third is the way to go. Europeans do all three. America does the first and the second at state and federal levels. California has decided to do the third, and it looks as though a federal system to price carbon will follow.

Clean Power Plan

Some Governments are trying to establish a longer-term carbon price: to set a binding target of cutting carbon emissions, for example, Britain plans a cut by 20% of their 1990 level by 2020, and a cut by 60% by 2050. Continue reading CLEAN POWER PLAN IN DENIAL

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SEVEN BILLION TREES

LET’S DEAL WITH GLOBAL WARMING NOW!

Let us examine the 80% of allocated funds ($720 million of $900 million) of the world to other than Africa. Does this breakdown address the highest need to deal with Global Warming? It would appear that all these agencies are off the mark to “helping countries build Resilience to climate change’s impacts.“ Building this kind of Resilience is like locking the stable door after the horse has been stolen.

 What comes first? An Emission absorption solution or manufacturing of face masks for everyone.  The situation cannot be changed by improving security after a major theft. We must deal with the Security Problem first! The door (Our world as we know it) cannot be vulnerable to attack.

To correct the problem we must fix the barn door (Emission absorption Solution) or harness the horse (Reduce Emissions). Now we really must catch the horse (Solve the emission problem), but very few people (the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) are searching for the horse. This includes all of the participants starting from the largest: UNDP, UNICEF, FAO, UNESCO, ILO, UNFPA, WFP, UNIDO, UNWOMEN, PAHO/WHO and IOM.

In the meantime, our governments are simply thinking about taxing some polluters a little and readjusting the tax to keep it neutral. Our Governments are only talking to locksmiths. In other words, they are not addressing the problem at all. (Remember: the horse has already bolted).

 Carbon Emission to be Solved

The world leaders must find a way to absorb carbon dioxide emissions that is in our atmosphere now. Trees and soils are the only way to absorb the present glut of CO2 in your world.

Presently these funds are improperly managed because they attempt to make the tax neutral by redirecting the fund for tax rebates to working families, cutting sales tax and reducing the tax on manufacturing. All this is very admirable but it doesn’t solve the high concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, which is presently causing global warming.

SEVEN BILLION TREES

The Funds to Finance Rehabilitation

There are two sources of funds based on two different methods of absorbing carbon emissions: one from biochar in soils and the other from planting of trees. Continue reading SEVEN BILLION TREES