fossil fuel subsidies
The planet is warming at an unprecedented pace not experienced in the past 1000 years. That's according to NASA. That means that it is "very unlikely" that global warming will stay within the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit set by nations last December.
Energy-related greenhouse gas emissions have plateaued for the second year running - an extraordinary fact considering the global economy grew by more than 3% in the same period.
The next time an American voter asks Bernie Sanders what he means by "socialism," this is what I would whisper in his ear...
Stopping the investment of public tax dollars on fossil fuel subsidies is one of the first steps the U.S. needs to make in its green transition. When ExxonMobil is reporting $8.8 billion in quarterly profits, they can afford to take the hit.
That makes sense, right?
This black hat/white hat dichotomy works best if you can reduce it to individuals as symbols. McKibben is obviously the white hat for the environment. In 2013, his status was confirmed with a Gandhi Peace Award.
With the threat of climate change and a host of other environmental challenges looming like a dark cloud, the 2016 election will be a time to hold candidates accountable on where they stand on these concerns -- and what they promise to deliver.
The presidential candidate favors letting the market decide.