Confronting Climate Change: A Political Reality Check

Confronting Climate Change. – Tom Steyer, founder and president of NextGen Climate, spoke at the Pollock Theater at UC Santa Barbara Tuesday, May 6.

The lecture entitled “Confronting Climate Change: A Political Reality Check.”  was one of a series of Energy Leadership lectures hosted by the UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE). The event  was followed by a Q&A session moderated by IEE director John Bowers.

“There are two ways we’re going to come out of it,” Steyer said.

People are either going to loosen up on the partisanship, and start going back to the old model of looking at the problem together and compromising on the solutions, or the composition of Congress is going to change.

He added that on the global level the United States will have to set an example before approaching other carbon-emitting nations for their participation in efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The next chance for the U.S. to make its case will be at a climate summit in Paris in 2015.

“If we’re going to survive, we’re going to have to produce and use energy in a very different way,” Steyer said.

For all the things that we’ve been doing well, for all the progress we’ve been making, for all the technological change that’s been going on, we’ve been producing more carbon dioxide every year. If we decide as a society that this is (our) World War II, we can solve it.

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