Just Released! Order “Waking Up to Climate Change” by George Ropes, and receive 25% Discount. Learn More

Close this search box.
Close this search box.

HOME          CATEGORIES          OUR TAKE

The Economic Challenge of Climate Change

When I was a youngster in the 1970’s the talk on the news was there is going to be a new ice age. It was even stated in Newsweek magazine on April 28th, 1975 that evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate “so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it.” Now almost 50 years later scientists are now warning the public that the evidence for global warming has now begun to accumulate so massively that we are in severe danger again.There have been many failed prognostications over the many years I have been alive, so for that reason I keep a speculative attitude towards the existence of climate change. Do I believe that climate change is real? Yes, because the Earth’s climate has been in flux for billions of years. Whether or not it is man-made is quite speculative, since the amount of years that there has been recorded data on the climate is just a blip within the 4.5 billion years of Earth’s existence.

I do think it is a good idea to reduce pollution and keep our environment clean. Reducing greenhouse gases is a good thing objectively. These types of actions contribute to the innovation of alternative forms of energy since fossil fuels are a finite resource. But the danger in alternate energy is it may alter our economy.  According to Robert Rabier an Energy writer for Forbes magazine, the USA is the leader in the reduction of greenhouse gases. So although we emit the most ‘per capita’ emissions, we are the leaders in GHG reductions..



I also think pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement was a good idea. From The Hill “China’s Rising Emissions Prove Trump Right on Paris Agreement”, by Liz Peek, 06/05/18: “The Paris Agreement was a weak lopsided agreement. It required little from China and a great deal from the U.S. In the agreement the United States was committed to reducing carbon emissions by 26% to 28%” all by 2025. This would cause a substantial jump in electricity costs and a burden on our economy. In contrast, Peek notes that China committed to boosting non-fossil fuels to around a 20% of its ‘overall’ energy mix by 2030, with a ‘hope’ that emissions might peak at that time.

Greenpeace indicated that China’s 2018 carbon emissions were on track to grow at the fastest rate in six years. The study was based on government data regarding the use of coal and other energy sources. Analysts are also predicting similar gains into future quarters. This would help China eclipse the United States economy. Make no mistake, China’s ultimate goal is to become the world leading economy.  If the world leading economy shifts from the USA to China, we are all in trouble. Remember, we will be shifting from the United States economy which has been the world leading reducer of greenhouse gases to a Chinese economy, which is the world leading producer of greenhouse gases and other forms of pollution. We will also be shifting from a world emphasizing free Democratic economies to a one with an oppressive Communist economy.

Comment on this article

ClimateYou moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (New York time) and can only accept comments written in English.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.


More Posts Like This


Climate Change and the Industries of the World

It’s no surprise that when the climate of an area changes, it impacts most, if not all of their industries and way of life of countries. Some of these industries include tourism, agriculture, fishery, and infrastructure, which all dictate the economy and life quality of the residents in


Solar Power: One of the Most Impactful Renewable Energies To Combat Climate Change

Several innovative technologies, such as solar power, wind power, green hydrogen power, electric vehicles, etc., have the potential to significantly impact mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and promoting sustainable practices. In this essay, I am going to talk about solar power and


Cloud Computing: Driving Environmental Sustainability in the Digital Age

Sustainable technology, known as Green IT, is reshaping the way we approach technology in business and industry. It emphasizes developing and using technology without harming the environment. Cloud computing is a prime example of sustainable technology. It allows companies to store data on external servers which reduces costs and infrastructure