is the Mayor of
He co-founded Cap
Solution, a campaign to
cap carbon emissions
Set up a cap-and-trade system. In the U. S., that means passing the American
Clean Energy and Security Act,
a bill that will help stop climate
change—and create jobs.
Braddock, Pennsylvania, a
once-thriving town of 20,000 that
now has a population of 2,800, is
in a part of the state that has lost a
quarter of a million steel industry
jobs over the last several decades.
People who are unemployed and
worried about keeping a roof over
their heads have little energy to
devote to protecting the planet.
FETTERMAN ANS WERS:
is the executive director
for Logistics, Project
Management and Sus-
tainability for Vale dos
Rios, Inc. in Brazil.
Being good global citizens will
create good jobs. A carbon cap
will guarantee a reduction in the
amount of CO2 in our air, which will
help stop climate change. But it
will also require new infrastructure,
such as wind turbines that are
built with 250 tons of steel.
We can create solid, blue-collar
jobs. Under a cap-and-trade
system, different regions will
develop their own most cost-effective solutions for reducing
carbon pollution. Some areas will
need wind turbines, while others
will need people to manufacture
solar panels or assemble ultra-energy-efficient windows or grow
crops for biofuels.
Regions that reduce their
carbon footprint will have the
opportunity to make a profit. To
paraphrase an old saying, opportunity is the mother of invention.
Unleashing the power of human
creativity is our best hope of
helping our environment and our
Currently the biggest threats to the environment are the ffects caused by climate change. The challenge we
face is to reduce these effects and
guarantee a sustainable ecosystem
for future generations. In recent years
this issue has become of primary
importance to governments around
the world and has already affected our
daily habits and activities.
We believe that governments,
companies and ordinary citizens can
all contribute to help the world adopt
a new model of development, one that
is based on a low-carbon economy.
The next United Nations Climate
Change Conference will take place
in Copenhagen this December.
Representatives from approximately
200 countries will negotiate new
agreements and incentives to reduce
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,
as well as address the development
and funding of technology to reduce
global emissions. We sincerely hope
that these governments are able
to transform this event into a great
turning point for the world, through
establishing global targets for
reducing GHG emissions, simplifying
and speeding up the implementation
of the Clean Development Mechanism
and promoting policies to Reduce
Emissions from Deforestation and
Degradation, while respecting the
principle of common but differentiated
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