Reposted with permission from EcoWatch (http://ecowatch.com/2014/07/08/economics-of-global-warming/)
Those who don't outright deny the existence of human-caused global warming often argue we can't or shouldn't do anything about it because it would be too costly. Take Prime Minister
But in failing to act on global warming, many leaders are putting jobs and economic prosperity at risk, according to recent studies. It's suicidal, both economically and literally, to focus on the fossil fuel industry's limited, short-term economic benefits at the expense of long-term prosperity, human health and the natural systems, plants and animals that make our well-being and survival possible. Those who refuse to take climate change seriously are subjecting us to enormous economic risks and foregoing the numerous benefits that solutions would bring.
"Climate change poses a severe risk to global economic stability," said
Risky Business (http://ecowatch.com/2014/06/24/bloomberg-report-climate-action-risky-business/), a report by prominent U.S. Republicans and Democrats, concludes, "The U.S. economy faces significant risks from unmitigated climate change," especially in coastal regions and agricultural areas.
We're making the same mistake with climate change (http://ecowatch.com/climate-change-news/)we made leading to the economic meltdown of 2008, according to
Both studies recommend carbon pricing as one method to address the climate crisis, with the
Contrast that with Harper and Australian Prime Minister
One Risky Business author, former Clinton treasury secretary
In a commentary in Nature (http://www.nature.com/news/energy-consider-the-global-impacts-of-oil-pipelines-1.15434), a multidisciplinary group of economists, scientists and other experts called for a moratorium on all oil sands expansion (http://palenlab.wordpress.com/oilsands/) and transportation projects such as pipelines (http://ecowatch.com/?s=pipelines) because of what they described in a news release as the "failure to adequately address carbon emissions or the cumulative effect of multiple projects." They want "
Those who fear or reject change are running out of excuses as humanity runs out of time. Pitting the natural environment against the human-invented economy and placing higher value on the latter is foolish. These reports show it's time to consign that false dichotomy to the same dustbin as other debunked and discredited rubbish spread by those who profit from sowing doubt and confusion about global warming.
"Climate inaction inflicts costs that escalate every day,"
If our leaders can't comprehend that, let's find some who can.
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