WASHINGTON (AP) The United States should rethink its approach to curbing global warming and instead focus on helping countries like Australia survive the consequences of its emissions, a leading climate scientist says.
David Legates, who was a key architect of the Kyoto Protocol that ended the Cold War and is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is one of the leading voices arguing for a more aggressive approach to tackling climate change.
He wrote the new memoir, “Dirty Hands: A Memoir of the Climate Wars.”
In his new book, Legates calls for the United States to consider how much more money and technology is needed to mitigate global warming, how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how to limit the risks posed by a future of increasingly chaotic weather patterns and droughts.
The book is based on Legates’ work on global warming in the years after the first global warming conference in Copenhagen in 1997.
That was the first time the world heard from climate scientists and governments and was followed by other meetings and global conferences in Copenhagen.
The U.N. climate conference was held in Doha in 2005.
Legates says that despite the growing consensus that humans are warming the planet by a third to half of what scientists had previously thought, it was still hard to bring the costs of that change into perspective.
He writes that the U.S. has spent trillions of dollars in the past 30 years fighting climate change while still paying a low-income population a fraction of what it would have otherwise.
In a recent speech at the National Press Club, Legends said that the United Nations and other countries should be focusing on more pressing issues, such as health, poverty and education, rather than on the climate.
He says the United states should prioritize helping developing countries like Brazil and India develop their economies and address the health crisis in the developing world.
“We need to take care of our poor and vulnerable people, and we need to do it in a way that keeps our climate change a priority,” he said.
“I think it’s important to be clear that we should focus on those who are the most vulnerable and to invest more in those people, but we should not focus so much on the rich, the rich should be doing all of this.”
It is important to understand that if you’re in the middle class and you’re paying $1,200 a year for your health care, if you are in the bottom fifth of the income distribution, you should be paying more than the top.
If you’re an upper middle class American who’s paying $100,000 a year, you shouldn’t be paying as much.
“The U.K. is spending about $100 billion a year on climate mitigation and has about $2 trillion in climate aid, while France is putting in about $6 trillion.
The world is on track to hit a record global temperature rise of 4.5 degrees Celsius (7.5 Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels by 2100, Legenses said.
Legates argues that we have to take the climate crisis seriously.
We have to address the real causes of this crisis, and if we do not we are going to continue to see more disasters, more heat waves, more floods, more droughthes, more mass migrations and more extreme weather events.”
Climate change is a very real, very real threat,” he wrote.”
There are three big problems: it’s caused by our actions, it’s made worse by our inaction and it’s a threat to humanity.
“We are not in control of our own climate, but I am convinced that our actions are the major driver of our future.”
Legates also has been advocating for a “clean energy” agenda, which would be focused on producing electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar energy, instead of fossil fuels like coal.
He said it would also be possible to create a national grid, which he called a “new form of democracy.”
“We have to be able to build a national energy system that’s both stable and sustainable and that’s built on clean, sustainable technologies, and that will be possible through new technologies and new infrastructure,” he writes.
In a separate interview with The Associated Press, Legacies said he would also like to see the U,S.
and other industrialized countries make major investments in nuclear power and renewables.
He also thinks it would be wise to make the shift from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy sources like natural gas and renewables.””
I’m not sure we have a long-term economic model that can work, but the reality is that we are not going to be the only ones that are in trouble. “
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I’m not sure we have a long-term economic model that can work, but the reality is that we are not going to be the only ones that are in trouble.
We are not alone.
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