When the gas is cheap, the price is right for you
A few days ago, the EPA announced that greenhouse gas emissions from power plants were now “lower than they have been for years.”
This week, a report from the Center for American Progress found that the rate of warming we’ve seen since 2009 is “the lowest since the 1970s.”
It’s not just an apples-to-apples comparison, either.
According to the report, the United States now accounts for a quarter of global CO2 emissions, compared to just 5 percent in 1975.
The average American is contributing less than half of the total, while the rest of the world is contributing roughly 40 percent.
“The price of carbon is plummeting,” Andrew Rosenberg, the co-director of CAP’s Carbon Tracker Initiative, told Business Insider.
“I think that’s going to be a big catalyst for policy makers around the country to say, ‘Hey, if we don’t have a better deal for the planet, it’s going not to be in the cards for us.'”
The first thing to realize is that the planet isn’t warming at all.
As far back as 1975, the CO2 released by humans was about 100 times greater than what we are releasing today.
We’ve also emitted so much more CO2 than we’re getting back.
This isn’t a crisis.
There is a crisis, and it is coming from the human-driven production of energy.
The carbon we’re adding to the atmosphere is not only being dumped in the atmosphere, but it’s also having an impact on the Earth’s climate.
As we’ve discussed before, the oceans are warming and the atmosphere itself is warming.
This is why we need to reduce emissions to avoid runaway warming.
And, in fact, the Earth has warmed faster than we thought it would.
But as we’ve already discussed, this isn’t due to the amount of carbon being emitted.
The Earth’s surface is warming faster than it has for the last 100,000 years.
That’s because of the fact that we’re burning more coal and oil than we’ve ever burned before.
And that’s because there’s more energy available than ever to burn.
When we talk about CO2 as a pollutant, we’re talking about a huge amount of greenhouse gases, all of which are contributing to global warming.
We’re also talking about the fact, as Andrew Rosenberg pointed out, that CO2 doesn’t have to be emitted to keep warming from accelerating.
The only thing that matters in our climate system is the amount we emit.
The CO2 that’s being emitted today is not a pollutance.
It’s the same CO2 we’re emitting today.
If we wanted to slow down global warming, we would want to reduce the amount that’s emitted today.
In fact, if our goal is to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, we can’t do it by decreasing emissions right now.
Instead, we’d have to reduce our emissions substantially over the next decade.
That means, instead of reducing emissions to zero by 2020, we could reduce them by 10 percent a year or more.
To do that, we’ll need to do something called “a carbon tax.”
A carbon tax is an economic measure that would be levied on emissions and would be based on the amount they’re contributing to climate change.
The idea behind a carbon tax, of course, is that it would make a huge difference.
According for example, if the price of a ton of CO2 were to rise from $40 to $100, we might be able to lower our emissions by a third.
In reality, it depends a lot on how much money people are willing to give up in their income.
According a recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, only a small fraction of Americans would be willing to pay the full cost of keeping CO2 below the level that we need.
But it’s clear that a carbon price would be a very important step to help slow the rate at which we’re warming the planet.
That could be the difference between having the world keep warming, or having the planet keep warming.
For more on climate change and energy, check out this article from The Verge.