He then laid out his agenda to fight global warming. He proposes to impose an auction, cap and trade system on carbon emissions that gradually decreases the cap, reducing greenhouse pollution by 80% by 2050. The auction part is key both because he uses that money to fund alternative technologies and conservation initiatives makes the system more like a tax and because it makes the polluters accountable.
Then he said something else note worthy he considers his current caps a minnimum. If the warning signs and science become worse he believes they may have to be reduced faster.
In addition, Edwards noted we’re in a competition right now with China to be the worst greenhouse gas polluter and that’s a competition we don’t want to win. But, in order to lead the world on global warming we have to start at home.
Already the environmental blog Grist has called Edwards plan the best of the top three Democrats on global warming.
John Edwards is running left. What mixture of genuine sentiment and political calculation is behind that strategy only he knows, but it’s translated into far and away the strongest, most comprehensive climate and energy plan among the three Democratic front-runners. He’s stumping for 80 percent cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, and fleshing that goal out with detailed proposals for big boosts in renewables and fuel efficiency, changes to the energy grid and efficiency standards (the only front-runner to emphasize these), a green-jobs program, and more. On these issues, Edwards has done his homework and he’s not trimming his sails. — DR
A plan I am thrilled to see him highlight.
As an aside, Edwards may have said Al Gore IS right. I started clapping, then couldn’t remember what tense he used. WAS works if he meant was right all along, before most other people. Though, of course, Gore is still right about those issues.