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100 Years Too Late

In response to the G7’s announcement to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century, Gary Cohen argues we’re being lulled into thinking we have more time than we really do. 

G7 leaders start of the Summit at Schloss Elmau. Source: UK Prime Minister's Office

The recent decision by the G7 to end fossil fuel use by the end of the century is not a cause for celebration. It’s an example of feel good climate procrastination. 

In its fourth climate assessment report, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – which represents our best scientific understanding of climate change – found that we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 25-40% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% by 2050. If we fail to reach these targets, we will face runaway climate consequences that will challenge our ability to survive on the planet. But even those timeframes are too far out there. Climate change is already affecting the health of millions of people around the world, and if we don’t act now, it’s going to get worse.

This urgency requires us to make decisions TODAY that will put our society on an aggressive path to reduce our addiction to fossil fuels. 

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