“If these solutions sound drastic to you, it’s because they are. They have to be if we have any hope of keeping our planet habitable.”
By Robert Reich, from the the American economist’s and former Labour Secretary for U.S. President Bill Clinton’s Blog site
Posted August 12th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
In light of the latest (United Nations) IPCC report on climate change, it’s crucial we remember these four steps to avoiding a climate catastrophe.
First, create green jobs. Investing in renewable energy could create millions of family sustaining, union jobs and build the infrastructure we need for marginalized communities to access clean water and air.
Second, stop dirty energy. A massive investment in renewable energy jobs isn’t enough to combat the climate crisis. If we are going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must tackle the problem at its source: Stop digging up and burning more oil, gas, and coal.
Third, kick fossil fuel companies out of our politics. For decades, companies like Exxon, Chevron, Shell, and BP have been polluting our democracy by pouring billions of dollars into our politics and bankrolling elected officials to enact policies that protect their profits. The oil and gas industry spent over $103 million on the 2016 federal elections alone.
Fourth, require the fossil fuel companies that have profited from environmental injustice to compensate the communities they’ve harmed. As if buying off our democracy wasn’t enough, these corporations have also deliberately misled the public for years on the amount of damage their products have been causing.
If these solutions sound drastic to you, it’s because they are. They have to be if we have any hope of keeping our planet habitable. The climate crisis is not a far-off apocalyptic nightmare — it is our present day.
To hear and watch Robert Reich speaking on the climate emergency, click on the screen directly below –
Robert Bernard Reich is an American economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford. He was also a member of President Barack Obama’s economic transition advisory board.
To visit Robert Reich’s Blog site, click on – https://robertreich.org/post/659059767907680256
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