Climate change is a global emergency and the United States should be leading the fight. It’s the right thing to do morally, logically, and economically. There are millions of jobs waiting for us in the renewable energy sector if we choose to take them and billions of suffering people waiting for us if we choose to maintain our current course.
From the ice shelf’s melting, sea levels rising, the acidification of oceans, and extreme weather, nearly every species on this planet has felt the effects of climate change. Let’s be clear, fighting climate change isn’t about protecting the “planet”, it’s about protecting our children, future generations and the other species that live on this planet with us.
We need to be leaders on this issue because according to the IEA the United States accounts for roughly 16% of the worlds Co2 Emissions. This means we must lead by example and work with the rest of the world to solve this issue.
According to the CDP, just 100 companies account for 71% of industrial greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 and because of this we need regulatory action passed world-wide in order to make companies limit their emissions.
The scientific community has made it crystal clear that we must act immediately to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and move to energy efficient and sustainable energy sources.
What Eric Will Fight For
I will support and fight for policies that commit to reducing emissions throughout the world. This includes:
Support for the Green New Deal.
Rejoining The Paris Agreement.
Investing in research and development on green technology which will lead to millions of new jobs here in America.
Setting progressive limits on carbon emissions to get our companies and consumers to cut carbon pollution in half by 2030 and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Financial support to the Green Climate Fund. Just as I call for the mega-wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, as one of the largest carbon polluters in the world, I believe we should pay our fair share to help solve this global problem.
Ensure displaced fossil fuel and coal workers (not executives) get preferential treatment in the hiring process for new jobs created in the renewable energy sector.
We must be leaders in this fight, work with the rest of the world, and encourage the rest of the world to join us. I will, on a strategic basis, support restrictions to trade and financial aid to countries that do not join us in fighting climate change in order to get them to do right by all of us. We only have one Earth and we all call this home. Like it or not, we’re all in this together and we must work together to solve this problem.