Now that the election is over, I will start to blog again. Â Sandy has focused attention on climate change mitigation efforts. Â Let’s not forget the politics of carbon mitigation voting. Â Read my co-authored 2012 paper on carbon voting, and let me know how you plan to build a carbon mitigation majority coalition. Â Â For high carbon, low income, and conservative jurisdictions in the U.S, Â how will you design an incentive policy that their Representative will vote in favor of? Â Â 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. Â 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. Â Progress in the U.S on carbon mitigation will be overwhelmed by LDC carbon growth.
Â This is why the adaptation discussion must continue. Â Unlike Joe Romm, I placeÂ free markets and competitionÂ (not government policy) as the leading actor in stepping up and finding us adaptation solutions. Â I will blog more about this in the near future.