Directing Smart Money For The Climate Fight
How should billionaires spend their money to fight climate change? I asked 9 experts. Is it better to invest in developing clean energy technologies, say, or in trying to get a Democrat elected president?
Sigal Samuel, November 12, 2019 (VOX)
“…Some megadonors are already trying to help us avert the climate crisis…[Nine top climate experts — scientists, activists, policy entrepreneurs —proposed] the most effective way to spend…[Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and co-founder of 350.org, said] spend the money helping build the climate movement…[Jessica Lovering, energy program director, the Breakthrough Institute, said] set up a competitive prize to demonstrate small, factory-produced nuclear reactors…[Ashok Gupta, senior energy economist, Natural Resources Defense Council, said] focus on making the state of Kansas, where I currently live, into a model state for clean energy] over the next five years…[Alan Robock, environmental science professor, Rutgers University, said] it’s more important to change your leaders than to change your lightbulbs…[The fossil fuel industry has captured the Republican Party so I would spend to get] Democrats elected…
…[Kate Marvel, associate climate research scientist, Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said the key is] investing everything in girls’ schools and women’s leadership…[Kerry Emanuel, atmospheric science professor, MIT, said invest heavily in] new high-temperature, fuel-efficient [nuclear] reactors expected to be deployed in the 2030s…[Adrienne Hollis, senior climate justice and health scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists, said focus on] community-building and resiliency opportunities…[Kelly Wanser, principal director, Marine Cloud Brightening Project, proposed spending to] catalyze geoengineering innovation…[Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, North America director, 350.org, proposed investment to back] the Green New Deal…” click here for more