Ten industry arguments against action on global warming … and why they are wrong
For the debate on Boxer-Lieberman-Warner, Daniel J. Weiss, Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, has written a debunking of standard attack lines on climate action. Here are the myths he takes on:
- Binding emissions reductions before 2020 are too swift, and should not be imposed until the technology to remove carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants is commercially available.
- Global warming reductions will drive oil and gasoline prices even higher.
- Global warming reductions will decimate families’ budgets.
- Global warming reductions will send American jobs overseas to countries that do not reduce their emissions.
- The Climate Security Act will wreck the economy.
- Clean energy jobs will cost workers in fossil fuel industries their jobs.
- Global warming solutions will hurt the poor.
- The Climate Security Act will bankrupt American industry unless we hand out lots of free pollution permits.
- Steep reductions in greenhouse gases cannot occur without a significant increase in subsidies for nuclear power.
- Economic analyses by industry groups show that the Climate Security Act is unaffordable, will lead to huge electricity rate hikes, and cost jobs.