Second, all nations should invest significantly more in new technology—especially in the development of carbon capture and storage methods—to stabilize the amount of climate-warming gases in the atmosphere. Government action on this front will be necessary because even well-intentioned efforts by private industry are bound to fall short.
Last, rich countries should establish a Marshall Plan–like program to help finance the transfer of the low-carbon technologies that developing countries need to grow their economies while emitting fewer greenhouse gases. Instead of targets for cuts, developing countries should be given incentives to lower atmospheric releases, perhaps by rewarding them with energy development aid when emissions fall below certain levels.
Talk is cheap. It’s time for politicians to stop spewing hot air and start enacting hard limits on dangerous emissions.
This article was originally published with the title Enough Hot Air Already.