It’s exciting that a vaccine may soon put an end to the pandemic (“Ohio will see first shipment of vaccines in mid-December,” Nov. 25). However, a far more challenging problem is plaguing us, as greenhouse gases continue to be emitted into our atmosphere. Unfortunately, there will be no simple vaccination that will eliminate climate change caused by these emissions.
China is the world’s worst polluter, but Chinese President Xi Jinping recently pledged to eliminate China’s greenhouse gases by 2060. Given that the United States is the second largest global emitter of greenhouse gases, and No. 1 per-capita, it’s time for the United States to return to the Paris Agreement and make a similar pledge, but to eliminate such emissions by 2050.
How do we encourage a reduction in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions? A great solution would be to implement a carbon fee and dividend policy, which puts a rising fee on all carbon emissions that we produce and then returns the revenue generated directly back to all of us as a monthly payment. This would serve to spur our industry to apply the same innovative thinking that went into the development of COVID-19 vaccines towards reducing emissions and stopping global climate change.
Gary T. Seng,