Building the Green Economy

This fall, Robert Pollin offered a plan for greening the U.S. economy in the Boston Review.  Reed Hundt, of the Coalition for Green Capital, offers some comments.   From Robert’s introduction: In 2010 the U.S. produced about 17 percent of global emissions, even though we represent only 4 percent of the world’s population. To make our minimally fair contribution toward reducing global emissions, we need to cut our own by at least what the IPCC recommends. Other countries—starting with China, which generates about 20 percent of worldwide emissions—also need to make comparable cuts. Even though China’s emissions exceed those of the United States, our per-capita emissions are roughly three times higher. The United States therefore bears a special responsibility to deliver dramatic reductions.  

Pollin proposes a U.S. clean energy investment program that can meet the 40 percent reduction target over the next twenty years.

Worth reading.    Worth supporting.

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