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Ever since the earliest versions of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” entered the public dialogue, environmentalists everywhere have been taking those words to heart. You’ve done your part picking up litter, carpooling, and recycling your bottles, but has the oil industry done its part too?
Auden Schendler, the senior vice president of sustainability at the Aspen Skiing Company and the chairman of the board of Protect Our Winters, writes in this op-ed for the New York Times that American consumers have been carrying the weight of massive polluters for too long. The real path to stopping climate change starts from the top down.
We need more of that approach — citizens, businesses, and governments working together to address this crisis. It might result in policy solutions like government regulation, effective carbon taxes, national standards for renewable energy and electrification, the elimination of legacy subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, strict auto emission standards, and new national building codes. All of these approaches threaten fossil fuel’s business model and, not coincidentally, would help to slow the warming of the planet.
Why This Matters: According to the International Panel on Climate Change, the world is in a “code red” and running out of precious time to reduce carbon emissions and limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Without addressing the oil industry’s false narrative, that task may be next to impossible.
The Colorado River is drying up, millions are at risk of losing their water supply, and Indigenous communities are fighting to keep their water rights. The Western megadrought is taking its toll on American communities, but how did we get here? In his new film, River’s End: California’s Latest Water War, Jacob Morrison delves […]
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and HP just announced that they’re taking their friendship to the next level. The odd couple is teaming up and expanding their partnership to restore, protect, and improve the management of almost one million acres of forest. HP is pledging $80 million to forest conservation and restoration, and not stopping there […]
Researchers from the National University of Singapore used data from more than 1,000 twin siblings to evaluate their opinions about environmental policy. They found identical twins were more likely to have similar views on green policy than non-identical twins, suggesting that support for climate action may have a genetic component. Felix Tropf, a professor in […]
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