How to Fight Climate Change Without Soaking the Middle Class featuring author and entrepreneur Peter Barnes.
Fighting climate change is going to cost all of us money. That's because the price of dumping carbon into the atmosphere must necessarily rise, says Barnes. A policy that soaks the middle class won't last longer than a few election cycles. He explores the possible solutions to this vexing political and environmental conundrum- The Commonwealth Club of California
Peter Barnes is the co-founder and former president of Working Assets Long Distance. In 1995, he was named Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California.
He is the author of Who Owns the Sky? and Pawns: The Plight of the Citizen-Soldier, and has written for Newsweek, the New Republic, the New York Times, and many other publications.
Peter Barnes discusses climate change and the current political scene in the United States surrounding the issue. Barnes believes the U.S. must become the global leader in the fight against climate change.
"Fighting climate change is going to cost all of us money. That's because the price of dumping carbon into the atmosphere must necessarily rise"
Is billing those who contribute the least the answer? Those with less money contribute less CO2 than anyone else because they can't afford to turn up the heat, or crank up the A/C, or drive too much. Nevermind that thinking that cutting our measly 3-4% contribution to the total amount of CO2 is going to change the climate is patently ridiculous. Like Michael Shermer says: "Association is not necessarily causation." (Especially when you consider the temps are going down and CO2 is going up - in spite of everything that's been instituted - hybrid cars, solar panels, wind turbines.