The Trump administration’s attempt to address the crisis is not sufficiently strong, according to a new report from the National Academies of Science.
The report, titled “The Case for a Carbon Tax,” was published Wednesday by the non-partisan National Academy of Sciences.
“There is no doubt that there are major policy issues that need to be addressed in the United States,” said the report’s author, James Cook, director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Yet this administration has not taken concrete steps to address these issues and we believe that these policy gaps remain, and they will continue to widen.”
“The United States has one of the highest carbon emissions per capita in the world and the climate is warming,” Cook added.
“We have no doubt climate change will become a major global problem, and we have every incentive to reduce our carbon footprint.”
The report concludes that Trump administration actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which include the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, have not been sufficiently aggressive.
“The Administration’s Climate Action Plan is inadequate in its scope, fails to address major challenges in the U.S. economy, and is insufficiently focused on climate change,” the report stated.
“Its policies do not take the necessary steps to reduce the carbon intensity of the U,S.
Trump administration plans to cut $1.3 trillion from the U of S, including funding for climate science research.
The report concluded that Trump’s policies, including the plan to cut U of T’s research budget, are not sufficient to address rising global temperatures.
“While it is true that many of the Administration’s policy proposals would help reduce the global temperature increase, they are not sufficiently bold to address many of those threats,” the analysis stated.
The administration’s climate policies “will have little impact on the long-term warming of the planet,” Cook said.
“If anything, they will increase the likelihood of warming.
That is a concern.”
“This is a big deal,” said Michael E. Mann, a senior research scientist at Pennsylvania State University who worked with Cook on the report.
“It is a real problem.
This is not a theoretical problem.
It is a problem that exists.
We have to address it now.”
The U of Toronto and other climate researchers have said that if the Trump administration continues to pursue climate policies, the planet will be hit with “catastrophic” warming, with severe consequences.
“A carbon tax or other form of tax on carbon emissions would be a major step forward,” said a statement from the Climate Action Lab, an organization that works on climate issues.
“But, it would not solve the climate crisis.
There is no guarantee that carbon taxes or other means of revenue would be sufficient to raise the necessary revenue needed to address global warming.”
Cook said he was concerned by the Trump Administration’s approach to addressing climate change.
“Climate change is an existential threat to humanity and the planet.
Its impact is felt all over the world,” Cook wrote.
“President Trump should not be pursuing a carbon tax, climate action plan, or any other climate policy that does not directly address climate change.”
Trump’s climate policy is “not a solution to climate crisis,” said Cook.
“Rather, it will only make the situation worse.
The Trump Administration is not taking any action on climate or any environmental issues that is truly in the national interest.
It’s not doing anything that will actually address the real threats.”
Climate change impacts include a rising sea level, higher temperatures, more extreme weather events, and the disruption of crops and livestock production in many parts of the world.
“Trump’s actions have not taken climate policy off the table, but they are clearly not effective,” Cook concluded.
A carbon price or carbon tax could help with the climate issue, said Mann, but he was not optimistic that the tax would succeed.
“It would be great if there was a carbon price,” Mann said.
As for climate change being a “national security issue,” the National Academy of Sciences study noted that the United Kingdom is one of only two countries in the Western Hemisphere where the risk of climate change remains.
The United States and Europe are in the middle of a transition to clean energy.
Trump has called for the United Nations and other nations to adopt a global warming agreement that would address the warming problem.