America Must Start Talking More About the Weather

On Wednesday, Senator Biden wrote an Op-Ed in the Financial Times, highlighting how America’s stands on climate change and global environmental policy affect our economic and national security interests, as well. The highlights here:

The US should return to the international process of protecting our global environment from climate change. This is not just about the environment, it is also about our economic and national security.

The challenge to find cleaner, more efficient sources of energy offers us one of the great opportunities of this new century. By moving us toward greater energy independence, lowering our energy costs and promoting new products and markets, a well-designed climate policy can create jobs and enhance economic growth.

Time is not on our side when it comes to climate change. Last week, a group of international researchers discovered there is more carbon dioxide, the gas that fuels global warming, in the atmosphere today than at any point during the past 650,000 years.

The sources of greenhouse gas emissions are global. Meeting the challenge of climate change will require an international response. That means we must continue to talk with other nations about the weather. However, we need to make sure that talk is not a substitute for action. The real question is: what kind of talk will lead to action?

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