The US capitalizes on markets, and COP15 is a moment where it must seize the opportunity with climate change. But COP15 also represents an economic risk if we don't act because there are serious contenders abroad.
The U.S. doesn't just need jobs. It needs a new basis for competitiveness and growth in global markets. Carbon management isn't the opposite of growth, but a the perfect platform on which to achieve it.
How to confront future rising sea levels, droughts, intense heat waves, and other catastrophes stemming from continued global warming? We can try to mitigate, we can simply suffer, and we can try to adapt.
We need to foster more respect between drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. And we need to improve cycling and walking infrastructure, which will cut greenhouse gases and result in public health benefits.
Time is running out for world leaders to agree on a deal to reduce carbon emissions sufficiently to prevent catastrophic climate change. The conference in Copenhagen is being described as the last chance.