Magazine article The Christian Century

Emissions Control

Magazine article The Christian Century

Emissions Control

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The same week that President Obama at long last rejected the Keystone pipeline, officials in New York State started investigating whether Exxon Mobil had for decades lied to the public--and denied its own research--about the risks and causes of climate change. One can sense momentum shifting in the politics of climate change.

That momentum could get another boost in early December when world leaders gather outside Paris for a major United Nations conference--pared down after the devastating terrorist attacks of November 13--on climate change. The primary aim is to finalize a pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so as to limit global temperature rise to 2[degrees]C above preindustrial levels.

Many nations are still sketchy about their commitments and the extent to which their pledges are binding. Scientists disagree about what difference one conference can make. Business leaders argue that economic incentives are the best way forward.

But several things are new since the Kyoto Protocol of 1999. For one thing, Exxon Mobil now acknowledges that emissions contribute to climate change. The United States has also drafted an ambitious preconference plan, saying it will cut carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025. The European Union and Canada and 150 other nations have put similar plans on the table. While not setting a target for reducing emissions, India has put together a plan to invest in renewable sources of energy. China and the United States--two nations that account for over one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions--announced in November an aggressive joint agreement on limiting emissions. …

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