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Options for Mitigating Climate Change

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Going forward how we deal with climate change will depend on both economics and civic responsibility. This paper will explore how we will evolve from using fossil fuels for three applications: electric generation, mobility and industrial chemicals, and describe how these two forces might play a part.

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Matt Chester on May 19, 2020

Great rundown, John. I worry about the idea of pushing virtual vacations or not cruising for the crowds who would otherwise do so. My sense is that the moment you push a narrative that feels like "I need to sacrifice my quality of life to make a difference," you lose people. That's why so much has been put into making it feel like driving EVs, eating plant-based meat substitutes, or purchasing more efficient appliances-- these are initiatives that allow people to maintain what feels normal to them while making it better in terms of emissions. That's why you see a push towards those and their success compared with the alternate messages of "drive way less, eat only salads, and dry your clothes by clothesline" that would be rejected

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John Benson on May 21, 2020

Hi Matt:

I totally agree. People need freedom of choice in order to choose to do the right thing.

However, if they prefer to cruse or fly, they should also be willing to pay the full cost of that decision, including the higher cost for carbon neutral alternatives, or the higher cost to mitigate the GHG their transportation emits (read: higher cost for fuels via cap and trade or a carbon tax). "Mitigation" in this case might be via some form of negative emissions technology (link to an earlier paper that covers this below).


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Matt Chester on May 21, 2020

higher cost for carbon neutral alternatives, or the higher cost to mitigate the GHG their transportation emits (read: higher cost for fuels via cap and trade or a carbon tax). 

A great point! build in those externalities into the ticket of entry and see how the industry suddenly shifts and embraces truly green alternatives!

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