The Economic Impact of Climate Change Policy

The Economic Impact of Climate Change Policy

A new report shows worldwide carbon emissions have risen to record highs. Diane and her guests discuss growing pressure on world leaders to take action against global warming and the economic impact of climate change policy.

The warning wasn’t a surprise. The International Energy Agency says carbon dioxide emissions from energy use are rising rapidly -- too much to limit the increase in average global temperature to two degrees Celsius. That’s a commonly cited benchmark to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. The I.E.A. urged governments to swiftly pass energy policies that would keep climate goals without harming economic growth. Some say political will is shifting as we recognize the impact of climate change in storm surges, heat waves, and drought. But others argue the cure for reducing carbon dioxide emissions will do more harm than good. Diane and her guests discuss the economic impact of climate change policy.

Guests

Steven Mufson

energy correspondent at The Washington Post.

David Kreutzer

senior policy analyst in energy economics and climate change at the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation.

Jennifer Francis

research professor in the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.

Nathaniel Keohane

vice president of the International Climate Division at the Environmental Defense Fund.

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