I have to say that I am always skeptical about having new environmental regulations in the US, because I fear to have a society that is over regulated at the expense of its economic growth. In my previous post about climate change and the economy, I talked about why it’s important for the whole world to come together to make a unified regulation to tackle climate change. It should not be that one country will be trying hard to reduce climate change at the detriment of its economy and the other will be carefree about it. The bottom line still remains that it’s when you are rich that you think about the environment and we don’t want to over regulate the country to the extent of forcing industries to close down and taking the economy into another series of recession. Don’t get me wrong, I love the environment and will do all I can to live in a free and safe environment but we have to do it with a level of consideration.
Last week Friday, precisely 10th of May 2013, US Congressman Scott Peters (D-Calif.)introduced the Super Pollutant Emissions Reduction Act of 2013, or “SUPER Act”, to establish a U.S task force to reduce super climate pollutants under existing authorities. The super pollutants are also known as short-lived climate pollutants because they remain in the atmosphere for only short period of time but significantly contribute to climate change because they are highly potent in their warming effects.
These pollutants includes black carbon, a primary component of soot, tropospheric ozone, the principal component of urban smog, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), factory-made chemicals used in air conditioning, refrigeration, and insulating foams. All these pollutants have been presently regulated by the environmental agencies, therefore I think the most important thing to do is to look for ways to effectively apply and streamline the existing regulations instead of adding another layer of complication to the existing rules.
I believe that major things needed to tackle climate change in the world is having efficient manufacturing and technological processes that will reduce energy use and its corresponding pollutants which will cut across every industrialized nation in the world. I really love the idea of the “Super Act” by the congressman but I think the US need to effectively manage the existing regulation instead of adding more to it. I will like to hear your views about this issue and how we can tackle climate change in the world at large.