This is supposed to be in rebuke to soon-to-be-inaugurated President Trump, but, it really says something different
Last week’s U.S. election makes clear that subnational actors—especially cities—are America’s only hope now in terms of climate action. Climate policy cannot take a sabbatical and wait another four years or another election cycle for more aggressive action.
What follows is a lot of whining about Trump and his potential policies, as you can imagine, leading to
This is why cities must be—and will be—at the fore of climate action going forward. This is increasingly clear, from the U.S. to the U.K., as new leaderships abdicate responsibility in protecting their populations from fossil-fueled harm to our health, our economies and our environment.
Since cities are responsible for nearly three-quarters of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and the majority of the world’s population lives in cities, cities are the right places to focus, and some are stepping up to demonstrate this leadership. Leading cities, like the cities of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, are stepping up and moving fast and furiously towards more livable, sustainable cities, irrespective of national government support or lack thereof.
Making America great is about ensuring that its people are healthy and happy, its economies and environments are thriving, and its security is sound. One of the clearest and most present dangers that is poised to undo this greatness is dirty fossil fuels. They harm health, they’re costly to our economy, they kill our environment and they undermine our security. Any claim to the contrary is not supported by the facts.
Here’s the thing: why haven’t these cities, which are essentially hotbeds of hardcore Progressivism and ‘climate change’ belief, already doing all these things regarding climate action? They take lots of little steps, which don’t amount to much beyond “spreading awareness.” They really aren’t putting their money, and liberty, where their mouths are. They can talk the talk, but, not walk the walk. Why don’t they ban fossil fueled vehicles, and require that all power be derived from renewables? Institute carbon taxes? Require that all food be local? And so on? Why? Because it would be inconvenient for these Warmists, plus, expensive as hell, not too mention reducing their own lifestyles, increase their cost of living, and reduce their liberty. The negative parts of their beliefs should always be on Other People.
Let’s start the whole thing by banning fossil fuels of any type in the big cities.