Today I’m going to feature a website that I think you should all follow. It’s InsideClimate News (ICN) a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
You can go to this site and subscribe to daily and weekly updates on climate news. You can even download their ebooks on various subjects such as Germany’s break from fossil fuels and the Dilbit Disaster.
In their Week In Review email that I received yesterday there were two reports mentioned (yes I know, more reports) that show the contradictions of our government’s plans to fight climate change.
One article is called, White House: $150 Billion a Year Will Be Cost of Climate Inaction. The other article is called, Obama Coal Sales to Cost Society Billions in Global-Warming Damage, Study Says. I think you can already see the contradictions.
The first report is put out by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, a three-member group that counsels the president on economic policy. The second report is put out by Greenpeace. Both links take you to InsideClimate News with the full reports available.
The first report:
“Allowing warming to pass safe levels and reach 3 degrees Celsius could cause damage amounting to 0.9 percent of global economic output each year, according to the new report from the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, a three-member group that counsels the president on economic policy.
That level of warming would cost the United States about $150 billion a year in today’s dollars. It will come in the form of damage to public health and biodiversity, as well as physical impacts from rising seas and more severe storms, droughts and wildfires.”