“We are the first generation to be able to end poverty and the last generation that can take steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Future generations will judge us harshly if we fail to uphold our moral and historical responsibilities.” ~Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General United Nations
Science has helped humanity immensely by protecting the environment with discoveries. Over the last decade, countries have collectively pledged to combat global warming. To make our world safer, secure, prosperous for future generations, via the singing of the Paris Climate Accord, to limit our global warming exposure. This agreement has put equal responsibility on all countries, whether rich or poor. President Barack Obama of the United States stated,
“Today, the American people can be proud because this historic agreement is a tribute to American leadership. Over the past seven years, we’ve transformed the United States into the global leader fighting climate change. This agreement represents the best chance we have to save the one planet that we’ve got”.
What should be priority number one for the United States?During the Donald Trump Administration, the United States became the only country to withdraw from this agreement. But now, President Joe Biden has restored America’s commitment. Alden Meyer, a senior associate with the think-tank, commented, “The easy part is
rejoining Paris,” the next step is “putting forward an ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions for 2030, which has some reality to it for domestic action”.
Is it time for the USA to implement a Carbon tax? Many believe a Carbon tax policy is considered an effective and result-oriented strategy to reduce emission levels rapidly with renewable energy use at the domestic level.
Pay the tax or give up the incentive;
Michael T. Thomas