The Importance Of Climate Change

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"It is urgent and the timeframe is critical and it has to be right now," said Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law. "We can 't lose another four years, much less eight years" (Neuhauser). The next Americans President, experts say, may be the very last who can avert catastrophe from climate change which makes it very important for the next American President to give climate change the top most priority. This requires the Presidential candidates to believe in the danger posed by climate change. In addition to this, it also requires the Republicans and Democrats to come to a consensus so that they can cooperate with the next U.S. President in his efforts to curb climate change. While all Democrats …show more content…
While 51% of Republicans believe it has been warmer than usual due to normal temperature variations, 89% Democrats believe that the warmer than usual temperatures have been due to global warming. Even differences in religious beliefs are indicative of where the Democrats’ beliefs lie regarding global warming. More than 80% of Catholic Democrats believe that Earth is warming, with only half of Catholic Republicans believing the same (The Demographics of…). While Democrats favor policies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and promote alternative energy sources, Republicans lean towards GOP and favor key energy development policies. In a December 2014 Pew Research survey, 75% of Democrats said the United States should prioritize alternative energy sources over expansion of oil, coal and gas production. 43% of Republicans expressed support for prioritizing alternative energy production over traditional energy development (Funk and …show more content…
Carbon tax regulations will definitely make a difference in fighting climate change and numerous studies that have shown that the EPA’s climate regulations will also have net economic benefits, due to jobs created in the renewable energy and technology industries and a healthier population. One particular solution that can be agreed upon by both Democrats and Republicans is imposing a carbon tax on factories and using the revenue earned to cut the top corporate income tax rate. Putting a price on carbon emissions in the preferred prescription of Republicans across the political spectrum could fit well within the Republican canon (Porter). William Eacho, an ex ambassador and Walt Minnick, an ex Idaho Congressman, are pushing a similar idea through a nonprofit organization called the Partnership for Responsible Growth. Their idea is to impose a $30 tax on each ton of carbon emitted and use the revenue earned to decrease the corporate income tax rate to 25% from 35%. Eacho and Minnick said there would still be money left over to offset the burden on low and middle income households. Minnick also stated that, “Sweetening the deal for Republicans, the group proposes to kill Environmental Protection Agency regulations, hated by the party, to limit carbon emissions at power plants. Republicans want corporate tax reform and they need a revenue source"

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