It's clear now, and will come into stronger focus as the country moves forward, that in spite of continuous opposition, President Obama has been hugely successful in working to cut carbon pollution and take real steps to fight climate change, all while growing the economy and creating tens of thousands of new jobs. And it's time for the Republicans to hop onboard.
Let us congratulate nations like Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Morocco, which have ended fossil fuel subsidies, and hope the Paris agreement encourages other nations to phase in such policies, and to construct transparent and binding mechanisms of enforcing these and all Individual Nationally-Determined Commitments (INDCs).
Governments must hear this call and make the climate negotiations demonstrate that human cooperation can solve our common problems. In order to do that, the Paris climate conference must be a starting point for faster and more decisive climate action. Here are three key criteria that governments must meet.
With gasoline prices relatively low — and natural gas supplies holding down electricity prices, at least in the United States — there has never been a better time to introduce progressive climate policies in the form of carbon pricing. Unfortunately, none of us should hold our breath waiting for that to happen.