While browsing AdWeek, I came across a video titled The Price of Carbon and thought it would be worth sharing as a conversation starter. It’s a pretty concise way to encourage the continuation of a complex discussion about a topic with immediate and long term impact on human existence on Earth.
Instead of charging polluters a fee for dumping their carbon dioxide into our shared atmosphere, we are all paying the cost of the consequences of putting attempting to store about 30 tons per year in our air. I’m willing to pay my share and work to reduce our collective contribution to the pollution. Are you?
Update: (Posted at 3:44 on May 23, 2013) After receiving several comments, I realized that I did not clearly state my recommended means of both paying my share and working to reduce our collective contribution to the pollution. I believe that Jim Hansen’s fee and dividend approach makes a world of sense and can be packaged into a politically palatable product.
I also was hoping that Atomic Insights readers would “get” that I am certain that rapidly expanding nuclear energy will increase human access to affordable, reliable energy — and energy use is what gives us the ability to do valuable work and live abundant, fulfilling lives — while at the same time dramatically slow human greenhouse gas emissions. Of course, nuclear fission does not just reduce CO2 when it replaces hydrocarbon combustion, it also eliminates NOx, SOx, fine particulates, trace toxins, and mercury. End Update.
BTW, for those who want to argue by claiming that CO2 is a plant fertilizer and a natural product, consider the fact that feces can make exactly the same claim.