Now that the election is over, I will start to blog again. Sandy has focused attention on climate change mitigation efforts. Let’s not forget the politics of carbon mitigation voting. Read my co-authored 2012 paper on carbon voting, and let me know how you plan to build a carbon mitigation majority coalition. For high carbon, low income, and conservative jurisdictions in the U.S, how will you design an incentive policy that their Representative will vote in favor of? For the record, I support $10 a gallon gasoline but I don’t believe that this policy will be enacted soon in the U.S. This is why we need to design incentives to focus on how to nudge our ever investing cities to be more robust and resilient in the face of climate change.
I do believe that California’s AB32 will have a successful launch of its cap and trade and this “green guinea pig effect” will hopefully create a type of domino effect as other nations imitate pieces of this important field experiment.
In this small graph below, take a look at China’s rising per-capita carbon dioxide emissions. Look at India’s linear rise. Progress in the U.S on carbon mitigation will be overwhelmed by LDC carbon growth.
This is why the adaptation discussion must continue. Unlike Joe Romm, I place free markets and competition (not government policy) as the leading actor in stepping up and finding us adaptation solutions. I will blog more about this in the near future.