Countries and Territories Most Affected by Climate Change Also More Likely to Believe it to Be Personally Harmful

As a member of the global youth climate strike movement, Fridays for Future, we often use the term “MAPA” (most affected people and areas) to refer to those most impacted by the climate crisis. MAPA includes countries, communities, and people […]

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Citizens’ Climate Radio Ep. 62: Hispanic Republicans with Geraldo Cadava

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Citizens’ Climate Radio Ep. 62: Hispanic Republicans with Geraldo Cadava

Citizens’ Climate Radio is a monthly podcast hosted by CCLer Peterson Toscano. Browse all our past episode recaps here, or listen to past episodes here, and check out the latest episode in the post below. 

Geraldo Cadava is the author of “The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of An American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump.” He chatted with Citizens’ Climate Radio about the long history of Hispanics and the Republican party. He reveals what is often misunderstood about the political diversity of Latinos in America. The most asked question he gets is why any Latino voted for Donald Trump. He talks about this and a lot more, including exploring how Hispanic Republicans relate to climate change.

Geraldo Cadava is a professor of History and Latina and Latino Studies at Northwestern University. He received a Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2008, and he received a B.A., also in History, from Dartmouth College in 2000. His areas of expertise are Latino History, the United States-Mexico Borderlands, Latin American immigration to the United States, and American politics. 

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The Art House

Over 10 years ago, Elli Sparks was struggling to make sense of climate change. She said, “That summer in Virginia was insanely hot. I remember being in the community pool and when I popped my head out of the water, the water evaporated so quickly I felt downright cold! I also remember walking with coworkers to the cafeteria and thinking, ‘Why in the world are none of these people alarmed about climate change?’”

She was really struggling, so she wrote a story for herself. “Tell Me A Story” is a conversation between a parent and a child, a story within a story. Elli, who is now Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Director of Field Development, has shared the story with friends, fellow climate advocates, and at public gatherings. She gave Citizens’ Climate Radio permission to turn the story into a short radio play. “Tell Me a Story” is performed by Zeke and Anna Loomis-Weber. 

Anna Weber-Loomis just finished her first year at Sterling College in Vermont. She is studying outdoor education and sustainable agriculture. Zeke Weber-Loomis just finished her first year of high school. She spends her free time drawing, playing ukulele, and running cross-country and track.

You can hear standalone versions of The Art House at Artists and Climate Change.

Good News Report

Hunter Thomas, a Latino and a Conservative Outreach Fellow for Citizens’ Climate Lobby shares good news about productive meetings he is having with CCL’s Latino Action Team. He is excited about reaching out to Latino conservatives, especially in promoting carbon fee and dividend as a bold and effective solution that appeals to the right and left.

If you have good news to share, email us radio @ citizensclimate.org

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We always welcome your thoughts, questions, suggestions, and recommendations for the show. Leave a voicemail at (518) 595-9414 (+1 if calling from outside the USA). You can email your answers to radio @ citizensclimate.org. You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, SoundCloud, Podbean, Northern Spirit Radio, Google Play, PlayerFM, and TuneIn Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group or on Twitter at @CitizensCRadio.

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Life worth living: three steps to take toward carbon neutrality

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CO₂ Reduction Law Rejected in Swiss Referendum

Switzerland narrowly rejected a law to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a win for commercial industries and a blow to environmental activists.

Back to basics: The consensus for carbon pricing explained

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Back to basics: The consensus for carbon pricing explained

By Jerry Hinkle

As advocates working for a price on carbon, we sometimes hear criticisms of the policy we support. You may have heard some of the criticisms yourself: that current carbon pricing programs have not sufficiently reduced emissions in practice, that direct regulation has been more effective, or that passing a carbon tax is too difficult politically.

In CCL, one of our core values is integrity. To us that means that we are open to new information, and we refine our solutions to make them better. So, we’re willing to explore these criticisms to understand the degree to which they have merit. Let’s take a look at each one.

Studies show a strong price reduces emissions

First, has the carbon pricing that has been in effect reduced emissions? It has. This study of 142 countries with carbon prices over 20 years shows that every 1€ ($1.18) increase in price reduces the emissions growth rate by 0.3%, which is substantial. 

Closer to home, this post shows research indicating that British Columbia’s carbon tax reduced emissions 5-15%. Not surprisingly, these empirical findings are consistent with the analysis indicating a price rising to $100 in 10 years, like that of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, puts the U.S. on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Certainly, there have been examples of programs wherein the carbon prices have been too low to significantly reduce emissions. As U.S. examples, the RGGI cap and trade (C&T) prices and California’s C&T prices have increased of late, but are still just $8 and $19 per ton, respectively. Further, the programs cover only a small proportion of total emissions, so total reductions disappoint. 

However, the World Bank believes the problem in the U.S. and globally is not carbon pricing, but a lack of it. In their State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2021, they state that carbon pricing is “a necessary” component of climate policy but that “it must be sufficiently ambitious” (pg. 9). They reference a comprehensive UN study that suggests global carbon prices starting at $40-$80 per ton and rising over time are sufficient to meet the Paris goal of constraining global temperatures to less than 2°C. They state, “It is clear the potential of carbon pricing is still largely untapped…there is an urgent need to scale the scope and ambition of these instruments” (pg. 8).  

Similarly, the IMF recently proposed a global carbon price floor as “the fastest and most practical way to achieve” the Paris target. There is a clear consensus among experts: what is needed globally to meet the Paris objective is stronger carbon pricing.

Regulations offer comparable reductions, but at a cost

But can regulations be just as effective in reducing emissions? The research makes clear that they can, but will cost more (page 23), will likely not be as good for the poor as CFD (pg. 24), and take longer and be vulnerable to judicial challenge.

Further, this IMF analysis indicates a market-based climate policy will increase employment, while regulations will decrease it (CH 3, pg. 92), and that a carbon tax with some green investment will increase U.S. and world GDP (pg. 100), something a regulatory approach can’t do without increasing the deficit. 

Political feasibility

Finally, some argue that carbon pricing is too hard to achieve politically, and that regulations would be easier to pass. Though this analysis largely dispels that notion, in truth, we do not yet know which would be easier to pass: an ambitious carbon price, a regulatory package that accomplishes the same, or some combination thereof. 

CCL advocates for pricing because it works faster, is better for the economy and jobs, and should be more durable by attracting support from moderates, but we are completely open to anything that greatly reduces emissions without hurting the poor and communities that are most impacted by pollution. 

Connecting beyond criticism

Over 3,500 economists, including 28 Nobel Laureates, have signed a statement saying, “A carbon tax offers the most cost-effective lever to reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed that is necessary.” It’s clear from the studies and analyses detailed above that the Economist’s Statement is well supported (good thing: it would be terribly embarrassing if 28 Nobel winners all whiffed!).

Carbon pricing is the foundational climate policy tool that will “reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed that is necessary” to achieve our climate objective. Still the criticisms have some validity: some pricing programs have been insufficient, some regulations have had success, and U.S. climate politics have been harder than expected. 

At CCL, our advocacy begins with building relationships, through appreciating and respecting the views of others. So how best to use this research when you are talking with critics or doubters of carbon pricing? There is a time and place for offering facts, and it’s usually after trust has been built and people have expressed interest in knowing more. Whether the critics of carbon pricing come from the left or the right, taking time to understand the reasons people object and to identify shared values is crucial to whether the information you offer will be well-received. You’ll know the time is right when people start asking you questions about why you think carbon pricing is essential!

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Coal divisions put Cop26 in jeopardy – Climate Weekly

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Around the world, climate change committees are steering government action

Representatives of 22 official climate advisory bodies – from Chile to New Zealand – got together on Zoom to compare notes

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