Posted on April 21, 2021 by Rich Powell
This op-ed was originally published by The Washington Times on April 21, 2021. Click here to read the entire piece.
When you hear that climate change is real, and industrial activity around the globe is the dominant contributor, you may assume a Democrat or environmental organization said it. But, today it’s coming from leaders in the Republican party and most oil and gas companies.
Climate change is not partisan the challenge it poses to society merits significant action at every level of government and the private sector. And solutions shouldn’t be partisan either.
We must all think globally when approaching this challenge. Halting pipelines or moratoriums on oil and gas production in the U.S. in the name of climate change has little or no impact on domestic carbon dioxide emissions, let alone the rest of the world. The reality is simply this: unless we limit, and reverse, the rapid growth of emissions in the developing world, which now accounts for the majority of emissions and future emissions growth, we will not solve this challenge.
Solutions to climate change must be technologically realistic, economically feasible, and politically sustainable. To reduce global emissions as quickly and cheaply as possible, better cost-effective clean technology is necessary so the developing world will consistently choose those tools — preferably made in America — over the higher-emitting options they are choosing today.
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