Reducing power plant emissions is not enough

By September 1, 2017 Local News, Opinion Editorials

We need carbon pricing to reach state’s environmental goals

AS A SHELLSHOCKED NATION assesses the damage of Hurricane Harvey, scientists are pointing to warming oceans and rising sea levels as key culprits behind one of the most expensive natural disasters in history. To most, Harvey represents a wakeup call around the urgent need to name and address climate change. Yet our nation’s leaders are committed to rolling back climate regulations, and the EPA went as far as chiding scientists for trying to “politicize” the storm. With a federal government committed to the denial of climate science, it is on the shoulders of lower levels of government to address climate change.

Many find hope for climate progress in the recently released proposal by nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which has contributed to a 40 percent reduction in the region’s electricity-sector emissions since it began in 2009. The new proposal calls for cutting emissions an additional 30 percent between 2020 and 2030.




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