Climate Crisis Could Threaten Global Financial Stability
Adding to Planetary Alarm Bells, Top US Finance Official Warns Climate Crisis a Recipe for Global Economic Collapse; "It's abundantly clear that climate change poses financial risk to the stability of the financial system."
Jessica Corbett, June 12, 2019 (Common Dreams)
“…[The human-caused climate emergency poses a threat to the economy which rivals the subprime mortgage meltdown that led to the 2008 financial crisis…[according to Rostin Behnam] of the five-member Commodities Futures Trading Commission, an independent federal agency…As the sponsor of CFTC's Market Risk Advisory Committee, he convened a public meeting…to discuss climate-related financial threats…[and call for a panel to review and report on threats and solutions…[Appointed as a required Democratic member to the CFTC, he said] most of the world's markets and market regulators are taking steps towards assessing and mitigating the current and potential threats of climate change…[but, he added,] impacts of climate change affect every aspect of the American economy—from production agriculture to commercial manufacturing and the financing of every step in each process…
Failing to address financial market risks associated with climate change will impede economic growth, and most likely hit rural communities the hardest…[He said it is time to examine the relationship of [extreme weather event risks to financial] market stability…[The report] would be a product of the federal government… put Mr. Behnam in direct conflict with the policies of the [current] administration…[And, because it would come in 2020 and likely focus] on potential harm to the nation's agriculture sector, [it] is likely to emerge at a moment when [the president] will be making the case to farm states…” click here for more