Friday, January 25, 2013

President of the World Bank on global warming — "If there is no action soon, the future will become bleak."

The world’s top priority must be to get finance flowing and get prices right on all aspects of energy costs to support low-carbon growth. Achieving a predictable price on carbon that accurately reflects real environmental costs is key to delivering emission reductions at scale. Correct energy pricing can also provide incentives for investments in energy efficiency and cleaner energy technologies.
A second immediate step is to end harmful fuel subsidies globally, which could lead to a 5 percent fall in emissions by 2020. Countries spend more than $500 billion annually in fossil-fuel subsidies and an additional $500 billion in other subsidies, often related to agriculture and water, that are, ultimately, environmentally harmful. That trillion dollars could be put to better use for the jobs of the future, social safety nets or vaccines.
A third focus is on cities. The largest 100 cities that contribute 67 percent of energy-related emissions are both the center of innovation for green growth and the most vulnerable to climate change. We have seen great leadership, for example, in New York and Rio de Janeiro on low-carbon growth and tackling practices that fuel climate change.
The Washington Post | Opinion
Make climate change a priority
Jim Yong Kim | President of the World Bank

1 comment:

Unknown said...

It is telling that you link to such a pile of absurd propaganda. Do you actually occasionally research the facts? For monetary matters you seem to do so, but for some strange reason all MMTers that I've read about switch off all analytical capabilites as soon as the word climate enters the room.