Will We Miss Our Last Chance to Save the World From Climate Change?

"We have not hit the disastrous level," says leading climate scientist James Hansen. "But we are close."

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Media Outlet: Rolling Stone

Jeff Goodell interviewed James Hansen, who retired from NASA in 2013 and was one of the first scientists to directly link the burning of fossil fuels with the warming planet, in Rolling Stone:

If President-elect Trump called you and asked for advice on climate policy, what would you tell him?
What we need is a policy that honestly addresses the fundamentals. We must make the price of fossil fuels honest by including a carbon fee – that is, a straightforward tax on fossil fuels when they come out of the ground, and which is returned directly to people as a kind of yearly dividend or payment. Perhaps someone will explain to President-elect Trump that a carbon fee brings back jobs to the U.S. much more effectively than jawboning manufacturers – it will also drive the U.S. to become a leader in clean-energy technology, which also helps our exports. The rest of the world believes in climate change, even if the Trump administration doesn't.


Jeff Goodell was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow, working on a book about the impact of sea level rise on Miami, and other cities around the world. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of five books.