We won't solve problems with solutions from the past.
But that's exactly what we're doing with climate change. We're using the same old ideas - CO2 targets, hefty carbon taxes, cap and trade, emissions reductions.
It's not working.
It's time to try something different: energy innovation. Oregon has been an innovator in renewable energy and efficiency for over a decade. But unless the rest of the world joins us, we're headed toward a hot planet.
What's the most realistic political and economic path to get to a climate our grandchildren can live with?
Political scientist Roger Pielke has some common sense suggestions that climate activists may not like. But here's a question for them: how's it going for you so far?
Pielke is Professor of Environmental Studies at University of Colorado, and has held leadership positions at NCAR, CIRES, and the Breakthrough Institute. He is also author, co-author or co-editor of seven books, including The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics, and The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won't Tell you About Global Warming.