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We Are Missing the Boat, Mr. Trump!

Rex

A few years ago, I went to three cities in Europe to explore how they were addressing climate change. I was looking for the ways they sought to capitalize on the urgent and global demand for products and strategies to cope with the effects of climate change as well as actions to reduce carbon pollution. (Find my report here.)

Could we create a “Low Carbon Economy” that benefited us while saving the planet?

One of these cities was Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The New York Times reports today on the big business of climate adaptation and how the Netherlands is turning this challenge into real economic benefit.

The irony is that the costs of coping with climate change are borne by us all while the real economic boost will go to those companies and countries who get out ahead by creating and selling these strategies and products. By reducing budgets for research and development as well as silencing or firing scientists working on this issue in reaction to an ideological and stubborn denial that the climate is and will be changing to our detriment, the Trump administration and the ruling Republicans are actually harming our economy–now and into the future.

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Why Getting to 2100? The next century will be a test: can humans use their intelligence and foresight to successfully transition from our consumption-fueled economy to one that balances the needs of humans with the Earth’s available resources. Getting to 2100 aims to be a forum for sharing of good ideas and good works. Got a good example or a new idea? Share it with the world!

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