The election of 2000 took place during a time that was mostly peaceful, unemployment rates were historically low, but however, there were a record number of terrorist threats (Muhlhausen). Despite all of these headlining topics presidential candidate Al Gore and Vice President Joe Lieberman were far more concerned about global climate change (“Al”). Gore was, and still, is very passionate about this topic (“Al”, 9). He has challenged the two biggest polluters in the world, China and The United States to, “Make the boldest move in climate change.” Figure 5
Author Lawrence M. Ling is a Project Pull Mentor’s Assistant in the Policy and Government Affairs Team of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He is an undergraduate student at the University of California: Los Angeles who majors in Political Science, and he strongly believes that CleanPowerSF is the best solution to the growing trend of global warming.
The Annapolis city government has aimed to reduce emissions by 75% by the year 2025 as well as achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050 (Savidge 2010). In order to achieve these goals, the city government has committed to reducing energy usage by 10% in public facilities by 2017 and 15% by 2020 (Savidge 2010). The city government also plans to achieve 25% of their energy from renewable sources as well as providing greener and more energy efficient upgrades to public facilities and city transportation (Savidge 2010). The Annapolis community has aimed to reduce emissions by 50% by the year 2025 as well as achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050 (Savidge 2010). The community has been and will continue to actively encourage locals to purchase green and renewable energy, use alternative forms of transportation, increase recycling and reduce trash production, and to preform energy efficiency upgrades (Savidge 2010). Such efficiency upgrades could take place in the form of financing home energy improvements, energy efficient mortgages, energy smart schools, or zero interest loans for energy conservation and “green energy projects (Roseland 2012).” Mark Roseland published a paper on sustainability “solutions for citizens and their governments” that outlines the benefits that simple energy efficient upgrades can achieve (Roseland 2012). He states examples where residents can save over $1000 each year on oil, gas, and electric bills while reducing their emissions through local
In the absence of federal legislation, states have the liberty to address climate change and formulate policies that mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Texas and California have similar deregulated energy markets and economic goals, yet have pursued different policies, providing a fitting opportunity for Texas to analyze, compare and consider California’s comprehensive law and regulations designed to mitigate GHG emissions. Key focus areas include electricity generation and use , transportation, and industry . Given the comprehensive focus of energy policies, this report specifically emphasizes electricity generation and use. ,
A technique that Gore used to get his message across to the readers was that the tone of the story was both motivational and disgusted. Throughout the story Gore tone was disgusted in that he was baffled on how we could have let global warming start in the first place. Another thing that Gore did was that he used real life examples of the catastrophic events that happened in our world such as hurricane Katrina that was a category 5 hurricane that killed a lot of people. Another thing Gore did was that he did not just talk about catastrophic events that happened in the United States he talked about events that were happening across the world such as record rainfall that happened in India that killed more than one thousand people. Gore did this to not only captivate America but help captivate the world because as a whole we can help stop Global Warming.
Climate change, a global scale challenge that is most important due to its present and long-term dangers, deserves not only much discussion, but attention as well. In particular, one former president who wanted to fight this challenge head on was Al Gore. When speaking to this challenge, former President Al Gore stated, “It is wrong to use the sky as an open sewer, it is wrong to condemn future generations to a lifetime haunted by continual declines in their standard of living, and give them a world of political disruption and all the chaos that scientists have warned us about” (Carrington 2017). To put it differently, Al Gore is simply implying that climate change is the leading force of great destruction to come. For this reason, Al Gore
We have all heard statistics over how unmitigated global warming can lead to rising sea levels, increased temperatures, lower rates of precipitation. The Congressional Budget Office recently found that climate change, if unmitigated, would create costly damage not only to the United States’s economy, but also to the world as a whole (source). Despite a scientific and general consensus that climate change is real and a problem, actual committed action against climate change has been disappointingly slow, until recently. We also know the cause of climate change. The United States EPA finds that “Carbon dioxide accounts for most of the nation’s emissions and most of the increase since 1990” (EPA). What we don’t know is a solution.
For example, the government claimed that using Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account funds to subsidize electricity prices would produce 3 Mt in emission reductions. We found no evidence to support this claim and concluded that subsidizing electricity rates is not an acceptable use of these funds. Fortunately, the government is no longer proposing to divert Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account funds in this way.
The Dow Chemical Company has successfully polluted the environment with no regulations by law enforcement. The chemical company manufactures and sells chemicals and materials that have harmed the environment for many years. Dow Company is well known for its involvement in the deadly creation of “Agent Orange (Katz, 2010).” Dow is so economically powerful, that it is more powerful than the EPA, who is supposed to regulate their harmful activities (Katz, 2010). This has led to no law enforcement criminal prosecution against the
To overcome these great obstacles set by the polluter-industrial complex, the environmental justice movement must grow and adapt to the changes. If the environmental justice movement expands its constituency to include broader human rights campaigns, the movement will be able to strengthen its numbers. It will become much more difficult to argue against human rights platforms for it applies to every social class and race. These campaigns could also compromise less by showing increased activism through grassroots campaigning. Without extreme measures, the environmental justice movement could place more pressure through a united front, compromising to none. Another way to combat the polluter-industrial complex is by forcing politicians to make their financial statements more transparent to the public. The American people have the right to know if certain politicians are paid by individuals linked to the polluter-industrial complex. This information should be publically displayed for immediate and easy access, helping many differentiate between real and false information. Most importantly, the American people and consumers need to become more conscious of reliable sources, for not every source tells the truth. Mindful consumers that restrict the purchase of certain
The world economy is a very complex system; in the system harmful externalities disrupt capital flows and determine economic productivity. Most notable of these externalities is inadvertent global warming. Spending towards research and regulation of climate change at both the national and international level are very important in determining current and future business trends. Economists and scientists worldwide continuously debate the pros and cons of emissions reduction and what consequences can quickly follow. Though many have different views on the issue, all can agree that the immediate and long term effects of climate change have become an economic matter of paramount importance. The sweeping impact from climate change will have important fiscal, financial, and macroeconomic ramifications that influence global commerce standards.
The essay “The Climate emergency” is based on a speech made by Al Gore at Yale University in April 2004 to a room full of students. Al Gore is the former Vice President of the United States under President Bill Clinton. He is also an environmental rights activist. In the beginning of the speech the former vice president shares a story about his trip to a Shoneys Restaurant with his wife Tipper to draw the audience in. (300-301). Once he captures their attention he is able to focus them on his real message.
Another very common strategy is to sell "credits guaranteed delivery”. This means that the seller (often the fund manager) pay the difference if the proposed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) underlying does not provide the promised number of credits. This promise, particularly if it is made by a well-capitalized financial institution makes offsets guaranteed more expensive than those that are not guaranteed (Wanner: 2015; Kegley & Blanton: 2016). But as the investment contract provisions are rarely made public, we can ask ourselves about what happened to the project Timarpur Waste Management Company. The Luxembourg government funded this project through its participation in the Asia Pacific Carbon Fund (APCF), up to $ 15 million, managed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) (UNEP, 2009) . According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the project should begin issuing credits since April 2009, while the construction of the plant waste in Delhi, India is expected to close only late 2012 (Bond: 2012). For some reason, the fund manager decided to withdraw from the project in May 2010, without our government knows why. No explanation either on the largest database of carbon market data, the Carbon Market Data and even less in the usual sources of funds in question, which supports an evaluation report by one of the departments the Asian Development Bank and confirms the lack of data in transactions, as well as the social and environmental impact