With the hard-fought election now over, and resulting narrow majorities in Congress, it’s time to put politics and pride aside in favor of real progress towards a cleaner environment. Policymakers on both sides of the aisle should allow innovation to be unleashed.
"The right way is to adopt policies that spur investment in the new technologies needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions more cost-effectively in the longer term without placing unreasonable burdens on American consumers and workers in the short term."
A better approach would use the power of markets to reduce carbon. Unleash free-market competition by reducing regulatory barriers, streamlining and accelerating permitting for clean energy, and getting rid of all energy subsidies.
"So, even if you don’t live on a barrier island in the Atlantic but instead in the dry expanse of the Arizona desert, you’re on the hook for flooding anywhere in the U.S. Even worse is that NFIP is $36 billion in debt, and that amount increases each year."
Policymakers at the state and federal level are pursuing a "zero burn emissions" policy. They would rather pretend that they will have the ability to extinguish wildfires than to admit that they need to eliminate fuel through controlled burns before fire season starts.