Each year between 2030 and 2050, nearly 250,000 of the world’s people will die because of the health effects of climate change. That sobering estimate comes from the World Health Organization.
By Walt Minnick
Not only are states, provinces and countries putting a price on carbon, but so are many companies. More than 430 major companies — including General Motors, Stanley Black & Decker and Colgate-Palmolive — are now using an internal price on carbon for internal planning and to make investment decisions, according to C.D.P. (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). More than a thousand companies worldwide, including most major hydrocarbon companies, are doing this or have pledged to do so within two years.
The American taxpayer is going to take a $19.5 billion bath over the next ten years because of companies incorporating overseas. That figure comes from Congress’s joint committee on taxation, which has studied these “tax inversions.”
By George T. Frampton Jr.
Kudos to Siemens for adopting an ambitious plan to eliminate carbon from its global operations. But what can the United States do to improve the carbon-reduction performance of companies that do not follow Siemens’s lead?
American voters are eager to “depoliticize” climate change and clean energy, says Kristen Soltis Anderson, one of three leading Republican pollsters who conducted a survey released September 28.
“At the moment some of the louder voices in the party are dominating this debate,” she told The New York Times. “But as we move out of the entertainment phase of the (presidential) campaign and look at more of the policy platforms, there’s a way for Republicans to talk about this that depoliticizes climate.”