September 18, 2014 | View Online
A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities
By Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, James Heintz, and Bracken Hendricks
World leaders, business leaders and climate experts are expected to meet next week at the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in New York to create momentum for climate change initiatives across the globe. The U.S., understandably, will have a major role in global decisions and initiatives stemming from the summit and part of that responsibility should mean setting an example on climate change policies at home.
Today, the Center for American Progress, or CAP, and the Political Economy Research Institute, or PERI, have released a comprehensive, groundbreaking report that quantifies the investment and technology deployment needed for the U.S. to do its part to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. The report, titled, Green Growth: A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities shows that the U.S. can cut its carbon pollution by 40% from 2005 levels and create a net increase of 2.7 million clean energy jobs in the process.
To read what economists, labor leaders, and climate visionaries are saying about Green Growth, click here (PDF).