NASA’s James Hansen has posted his “Declaration of Stewardship for the Earth and all Creation“:
1. Moratorium on Dirty Coal: I will support a moratorium on coal-fired power plants that do not capture and sequester CO2.
2. Price on Carbon Emissions: I will support a fair, gradually rising, price on carbon emissions, reflecting costs to the environment. Mechanisms to adjust price should be apolitical and economically sound.
3. Energy Efficiency & Conservation Incentives: I will support measures to improve energy efficiency, e.g., rewarding utilities and others based on energy and carbon efficiencies, rather than on the amount of energy sold.
Hansen wants to keep this as simple as possible. He argues “every
candidate in 2008 should be asked whether they will sign onto each of the three items.” Who can disagree?