(Please note that Part 3 of the Job One Plan (below) assumes that you have also read and understand why we are out of meaningful control of global warming for at least the next 50 years. If you have not done so already in the out of meaningful control of global warming document, click here and read all of the life-critical reasons why we must never cross the carbon 600 ppm extinction level tipping point.)
Introduction to Part 3 of the Job One Plan
The following action steps are to be enacted by politicians and governments. In spite of what global warming reduction progress you hear touted in the media, they are not occurring now at any level even close to the necessary levels that would keep us safe from extinction.
Hopefully, the government-driven actions below will eventually occur in part, because of the courageous work of individuals in the world's intelligence agencies with the courage and persistence to convince their national politicians that the accelerating global warming emergency is a no-win game leading to certain extinction for most of humanity and intolerable conditions for those unlucky enough to survive.
Hopefully, our governments and politicians will eventually also act because ultra-wealthy individuals, corporations and philanthropies whose vast self-interests and assets will drive them to use their powerful influence to get our politicians and governments to realize that now is our last chance to respond successfully before we pass through the extinction level carbon tipping point of carbon 600 ppm (parts per million in the atmosphere.)
The action steps of Part 3 of the Job One Plan listed below are designed to:
a. create a backup plan or Plan B to "salvage whatever we can of humanity and civilization while we still can in case we are unable to keep from crossing the last extinction level tipping points. (All Plan B action steps listed further below are done simultaneously with all other government-driven action steps on this page.)
b. immediately and radically reduce the unsafe carbon (and methane) atmospheric greenhouse gasses that are causing escalating global warming. The actual process to reduce our fossil fuel use is quite simple to understand. First, we quickly cut back fossil fuel use to net zero carbon. (As we define net zero carbon, it means achieving net zero global carbon emissions by balancing our current measured amount of global carbon released from the burning of fossil fuels with an equivalent amount sequestered by nature's own biological and chemical processes.) By immediately and radically cutting back fossil fuel use to net zero carbon, we can significantly slow and lessen many of the now unavoidable, 20 worst consequences of global warming long enough so that some of humanity and key parts of our civilization might then still find a way to survive and not cross the carbon 600 ppm extinction level.
c. Once net zero carbon is achieved, we eventually reduce all of the greenhouse gases back to the safe levels that existed hundreds of thousands of years before the fossil fuel powered Industrial Revolution began.
The government-driven action steps in Part 3 of the Job One Plan below are exponentially more effective and important to accomplish than the individual, family and small business action steps of Parts 1 and Part 2 of the Job One Plan. However, the action steps below are also far more difficult to achieve.
In Part 4 of the Job One, Plan you will find creative strategies on what you might be able to do to affect those individuals and organizations which could or do have the necessary influence to get the critical government-driven actions listed below done before it is too late. Farther down this page, you will also learn why these actions must be executed primarily by our governments.
In spite of their execution difficulty never forget, the government-driven action steps below are designed to do what is absolutely necessary in the most effective prioritized sequence to maximize survival and how much we can slow and lessen the worst global warming consequences and to prevent crossing the final extinction level tipping point of carbon 600 ppm.
The actions below will without a doubt, disrupt our normal lives, businesses, nations, and economies just as the escalating global warming emergency is already doing and will continue to do now that is has become the single greatest disruptor of the 21st century.
Think about all of the action steps below as dealing with the most important, painful and inescapable global warming survival truth. We must have a backup plan and we must immediately and radically reduce our fossil fuel burning to net zero carbon or as much as 70 to 90% or more of humanity will go extinct in as little as the next 30 to 50 years!
The only effective way to reduce our fossil fuel burning to net zero carbon in time to save us will be through the greatest top-down, government-directed mass global mobilization ever attempted in human history. When done correctly, this mass mobilization will transform our world from dirty fossil fuel energy use and generation into clean green energy use and generation as quickly as is possible.
We now must also face the chilling truth that we have avoided taking the necessary gradual fossil fuel reduction steps for almost 35 years. Because of that 35 years of avoidance, not only is the necessary cure going to be extremely painful, we may also still lose the patient.
As tough as that news is to hear, the painful cure of immediately and radically reducing our fossil fuel use, having a backup plan as well as doing the other key action steps listed below will be ultimately and infinitely, far less painful than the complete extinction of humanity and the end of our civilization.
If You Have Not Started Part 1 of the Job One Plan Already, Here is An Important Pre-Step
If you have not done so already, before you begin reading the action steps below, there is an essential individual, family and small business part of the Job One Plan that you should read and start first. It is Part 1 of the Job One Plan.
Once you have read and begun Part 1 continue working on it while you do anything you can to forward the government-driven action steps found below. The essential actions of Part 1 of the Job One Plan prepare and protect you, your family and your small business from unnecessary suffering more losses. It will help you to endure the endless chain of global warming aggravated consequences that are already hitting us and --- will only get worse over time!
The Job One Plan Government-Driven Action Steps Needed to Slow and Lessen the Consequences that are Now Unavoidable and to Prevent us from Crossing the Carbon 600 ppm Extinction Tipping point
There is no longer any excuse or time for delay! Escalating global warming has already passed crisis levels and has already become out of control for at least the next 50 years. We are facing the most serious of possible consequences if we allow ourselves to pass through the final extinction level atmospheric carbon tipping point of carbon 600 ppm.
Here is what we must do.
A. Demand an immediate emergency meeting of the world’s political leaders to declare an international State of Emergency and to enact new global warming reduction laws or treaties.
We cannot afford to waste another year, much less another 5-7 years, waiting for the next ineffective global warming climate conference like the UN Paris Climate Conference of 2015 (COP21). Because we are already in an unacknowledged and dangerous global warming State of Emergency, we need to demand an immediate emergency meeting of the world’s leaders to publically declare this State of Emergency and new reality in order that we can better acknowledge what this crisis means to the future of humanity and acknowledge the urgency for beginning the correct steps needed to prepare for it and to resolve it.
With a public declaration of a worldwide global warming State of Emergency in place, the world and all its nations will be on notice, fully authorized, and legally and morally obligated to start preparing for its consequences and to create necessary new enforceable and verifiable laws or treaties and allocate sufficient resources to resolve this escalating emergency before it is too late. Supported by this worldwide declaration of a State of Emergency, we, as corporations, organizations, and individuals, will be more aware of the challenge and better able to mass-mobilize the necessary top-down-driven global actions before it's too late. This first declare a "state of emergency" step is important because, without mass public awareness that we are in fact, in a global warming emergency from our governments, there is little political will or urgency to act appropriately upon what this emergency now demands.
Click here to read more about why this declaration emergency is so important.
Click here to sign our petition for a declaration of emergency. (Update of 10.13 2018: After five years of our organization demanding that a state of emergency be enacted, the United Nations IPCC has finally started calling escalating global warming an emergency, but has not formally declared it a global state of emergency.)
B. While simultaneously doing the other action steps of Part 3 (listed below,) the collective governments of the world must immediately begin to move critical resources, technology, infrastructure, and willing at-risk populations to the far north or far south.
This is the must do step because we have been so ineffective in managing rising global warming for decades. The actions below also parallel in some ways many of the actions that individuals must do in Part One of the Job One Plan.
It exists because there are no guarantees that we will be successful in preventing our reaching carbon 600 ppm. Therefore we must have a security backup plan or Plan B.
This way many of us will at least be able to live longer and more comfortably and hopefully, a good portion of humanity and civilization will survive and go on.
This absolutely needs to be discussed and enacted at the emergency meeting of all world leaders described above.
Here are the basics of this step:
For our long-term future and safety, a critical resources, infrastructure, and population transfer and backup plan will need to be executed at the same time as the other steps of part three (below,) are being done. If things continue to go bad as they are now, of all the actions of Part three of the Job One Plan, this single step may turn out to be the most important to the future of humanity.
There are many good reasons for executing this bqackup plan simultaneously with the other steps described on this page:
There is no guarantee we are going to be successful in shutting down fossil fuel use fast enough. In fact, as we are acting now and have been acting over the last 30+ years, the odds are strongly against us.
Secondly, we are fighting for the very survival of humanity over the next 50 to 60+ years. If we fail to slow and lessen global warming enough to not cross carbon 600 ppm and, we also fail to move enough of our critical infrastructure and at-risk populations to the far north or the far south in time, most if not all of humanity and human civilization will end.
Thirdly, Our fossil fuel "bill" has come due and there's no way to escape it. We now have to deal with the horrible accumulated consequences of the fossil fuel carbon pollution of our atmosphere for the last 150 years since the industrial revolution began as well as the additional accumulating consequences from fossil fuel burning over the next 30-50+ years where we will certainly reach the carbon 500 ppm level (and hopefully do not reach carbon 600 ppm extinction level.)
Fourthly, the fossil fuel pollution that we have and will continue to put into our atmosphere for the next 50-60+ years will last for centuries to thousands of years! If we stay on our current path of two little too late, once we do finally stop our carbon pollution of the atmosphere things will not get better for those who are lucky enough to survive for a very, very long time.
Our children and future generations will curse us for our selfishness and blind stupidity as they suffer and wait for centuries to pass for their climate to re-stabilize and the atmospheric carbon parts per million level to drop back down to the earlier and safer carbon 350-270 ppm levels. (We are now at about carbon 413 ppm adding about 3 additional carbon ppm each year.)
The amount of emergency adaptation work needed and the short amount of time available (about 10-30) years makes this adaptation and preparation step an immediate planning and action imperative. For example, in the San Francisco Bay Area, the headquarters of big tech corporations like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Apple, now have to readjust their long-term operational or relocation plans to deal with their low-lying international headquarters facing as much as 13 feet (3.9 meters) of sea level rise by 2100. (A worst case but far more realistic scenario of a possible 10-foot [3-meter] rise by 2050 was projected by James Hansen's newest research, with the additional 3-feet [0.9 meters] accounting for coincident king tides and storm surges.)
Adapting and moving all necessary critical resources, technology, infrastructure specifically means moving them into the safer areas near or above the 45th parallel north or near or below the 45th parallel south. This will be a massive undertaking, which will require new levels of cooperation between nations never seen before.
This also means beginning to move those billions of individuals willing to migrate in the global warming unsafe stones farther north or farther south into the safer zones. This will by necessity and urgency become the largest mass migration in human history. This mass migration will be fraught with challenges and again will require international cooperation at unprecedented levels.
This Great Migration needs to begin right now because of its sheer scale and because of all of the necessary infrastructures that also must be relocated in order for humanity to survive what's coming. This great migration also needs to begin right now because if we start now, it can be somewhat orderly. If we wait until it's too late, there will be panic, chaos and severe conflicts if not all-out war as people desperately try to migrate too far north or far south once they realize that what is happening today is not random bad weather, but it is an ever-increasing pattern of severe storms and weather that has not been seen for thousands if not millions of years.
By about 2029, at least 2-5% of the world's population about will have figured out without a doubt that the wild climate fluctuations and extremes that they are witnessing are not random or freak occurrences. They will have figured out that the climate is destabilizing steadily and rapidly and, that the climate catastrophes we are already experiencing are showing a clear pattern of ever-increasing severity, frequency, and scale (the size of the area they are covering).
Once these hundreds of millions of people realize they need to get out soon or get caught in the chaos of crashing and soaring real estate prices depending upon which area you're leaving or moving to, they will move and they will move fast. Once they move others will see and hear about it and they will begin moving too so they don't get caught with no place to move and few resources to get there because of crashing real estate in the unsafe zones.
To avoid the potential chaos of this necessary Great Migration not well managed by cooperating world governments, our world governments need to act now and begin the massive infrastructure and well-managed migration --- not 10 years from now. (Part 4 of the Job One Plan has provisions for how we can get our political leaders to begin this process.)
Wisely managing climate migration by our governments will be critical. To do this, they will need to create a lottery system because of the poor soils and shorter growing seasons near, above or below the 45th parallel north or the 45th parallel south. Those areas of poorer soils and inadequate sunlight will not be able to grow enough food to feed all or even most of our current humanity.
To make this new lottery system work effectively, individuals already living near above or below the 45th parallel north or the 45th parallel south cannot and should not be removed. This would only cause far greater conflict, delay, and confusion.
What also needs to happen is that our best scientists must continually determine how much food can be successfully grown in those global warming safe areas and what the maximum allowable population should be based on total amount of food needed for that existing population while also maintaining adequate food reserves for unplanned and unexpected contingencies. Once they have those calculations, they can set initial and ongoing just lottery migration allocations.
We really do need to begin transferring critical infrastructure and willing populations from high risks zones immediately. There is so much to transfer and/or build. For example, moving critical infrastructure also includes moving the world's artistic, architectural and cultural heritage from the global warming unsafe zones to the global warming safe zones for preservation as well. The best of our art, architecture, and cultures are also what makes us human and contain critical elements of our history that will help keep us going through this crisis.
Do not forget that the actions needed in this step can only successfully occur if the nations near, above or below the 45th parallel north and the 45th parallel south work together and cooperate with all other nations in the unsafe zones. If fear takes hold and they do not cooperate, the conflicts and wars that will occur between the global warming unsafe zones and the global warming safe zones will end humanity in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare far more certainly and far sooner than the later phases of the global warming emergency and the Climageddon Scenario.
Please note that implementing this backup plan also means that because we already have begun crossing critical global warming tipping points and will cross more soon, our local and regional business planners, city planners, long-term corporate and, governmental planners of all kinds must also begin radically restructuring their 5, 10, and 25-year plans, using the least optimistic and more honest climate prediction scenarios (found on this website here as well as in the new Climageddon book) on how and when the real consequences of escalating global warming will unfold.)
Several additional good reasons for using these least optimistic predictions for backup plan survival as well as recovery or long-term growth plans are:
3. We will be very, very lucky if the worst we get is anything close to only the IPCC’s current least optimistic consequence and timeframe projections!
4. You will probably lose your job and reputation as a long-term planner if you fail to adequately plan for the new realities of the escalating global warming emergency.
Once this step is agreed to, our world leaders will also need to stay in the emergency meeting mentioned above until the following additional critical actions listed below are put into verifiable and enforceable laws or treaties so they will have some realistic hope of ever being accomplished.
C. At this emergency meeting have the world’s political leaders declare new national and international goals and subgoals that will honestly resolve the global warming emergency when eventually achieved.
The following is what should have been done decades ago when we were first warned by our best scientists about the dangers of global warming.
These essential new goals for humanity's survival are:
To do only what is critical and effective in the properly prioritized sequence to slow and lessen global warming enough to keep us from ever crossing the final cataclysmic tipping point of carbon 600 ppm. Crossing carbon 500 ppm (where all ice on earth will melt,) and the consequences of the 13 factors listed at the top of this page is the most slippery of slopes. It will move us rapidly toward and into the very high probability of crossing the carbon 600 ppm extinction tipping point and the last phases of the Climageddon Scenario.
To keep from eventually crossing the carbon 600 ppm extinction level here is what is needed to happen. A 2017 paper in Science lead-authored by Johan Rockström, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, concluded that in order to prevent our own not-too-distant destruction, all global carbon emissions would have to be cut in half by 2020, then cut in half again by 2030, and then cut in half again each decade out to 2050. These are the targets that must be achieved to keep us safe.
This means that in order for us to keep global temperature anywhere even close to levels where most of humanity can survive, all global fossil fuel emissions need to be slashed by about 75 percent by 2030, and by nearly 95 percent by 2050 to get close to net zero carbon. To grasp how difficult these cuts will be, imagine that in the next three years you personally will have to cut all of your home, auto, and business uses of fossil fuels by 50%, then cut another 50% from that point within the next 10 years and then cut another 50% in each of the following decades. (Please note, while we agree with the accuracy of the necessary fossil fuel cuts to get us to net zero carbon in time in the Science paper, we strongly disagree with this Science study's assumption that we can still somehow keep the global warming temperature increase below a total of 2 degrees Celsius. We strongly disagree with this temperature assumption because of the many global warming tipping points we are already crossing, (or will soon cross,) as well as the many other research arguments presented within the new Climageddon book.)
- Once net zero carbon has been achieved we then need to then begin the necessary secondary actions (described farther below,) to further reduce atmospheric carbon ppm levels to the long-term temperature and climate-safer maintenance levels of carbon ppm somewhere between 270 and 350 ppm.
To keep us from ever crossing the unthinkable carbon 600 ppm catastrophic tipping point level taking us into phases 3-5 of the Climageddon Scenario there are several additional and essential global mass mobilization subgoals on how we successfully achieve the goal of not crossing the carbon 600 ppm cataclysmic tipping point, which also must be publically acknowledged and agreed to in the emergency meeting of our world leaders.
i. Mass mobilize to scale down and reduce all global fossil fuel use to ensure achieving global carbon neutrality (net zero carbon) for all greenhouse gases at once. Job One’s use of the term carbon neutrality, or having a net zero carbon footprint, means achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing any measured amounts of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere with an equivalent measured amount of carbon dioxide taken from the atmosphere and being captured for long-term storage (see carbon sequestration).
In the Job One Plan, this critical carbon capture and sequestration should happen almost exclusively through our already-existing natural biological, chemical, and physical processes (see this definition of global warming for illustrations of the climate’s heat controlling systems and processes). Net zero carbon emissions immediately is a difficult subgoal to achieve. It will require that financial disincentives be placed on fossil fuel use and keeping 90% or more of all existing fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas, tar sands, etc.) in the ground and never burned.
Please note that the Job One Plan for achieving carbon-neutral does not endorse Cap and Trade methods of arriving at carbon-neutral. Current Cap and Trade methods are too often a disguise for “business as usual” and will not get us to the radical fossil fuel reduction levels we need in the extremely limited time left to keep us from crossing carbon 600 ppm. In Job One’s own targeted version of carbon-neutral called Fee and Dividend (discussed further below,) you will not be able to buy Cap and Trade carbon credits to make up the difference and achieve net zero carbon emissions because that inevitably promotes more fossil fuel burning.
Here are the current estimates for how fast we have to cut fossil fuel use and even these cuts may not be enough. A 2017 paper in Science lead-authored by Johan Rockström, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, concluded that all global carbon emissions would have to be cut in half by 2020, then cut in half again by 2030, and then cut in half again each decade out to 2050 to keep us safe. This means that In order for us to keep global temperature anywhere even close to levels where most of humanity can survive, fossil fuel emissions need to be slashed by about 75 percent by 2030, and by nearly 95 percent by 2050 to stay within a safe climate zone.
ii. Mass mobilize to scale up to 100% renewable global green energy generation as fast as is technologically possible to replace fossil fuel energy generation. We need to bring new and existing green energy generation technology online and to full capacity at a speed of infrastructure transformation, deployment, and mobilization never before achieved in human history. Scaling up green energy generation to replace fossil fuel energy generation is going to be a tremendous challenge as described in this latest research from MIT. (Please note that this subgoal is focused only on global green energy generation, not merely building more efficient, less polluting electric appliances or electric cars that will still be getting their electricity mostly from fossil fuel energy generation.
iii. Mass mobile to scale up food production in the global warming safe zones for the rapidly increasing migrating populations coming to those safer zones as well as to compensate for the generally poorer soils and reduced sunlight in the safer zones.
iv. Ensure that nuclear reactors, nuclear and biological weapons and toxic chemical manufacturing sites within the global warming unsafe zones are secured and more stable governments have backup plans in place for these contingencies as less stable governments and economies fall. As global warming worsens inside the global warming unsafe zones the political systems and nations will destabilize and many of them will collapse. Once those political systems collapse there will be no stable and organized method for ensuring nuclear reactors within those areas do not melt down and go critical or that nuclear or biological weapons are not stolen or triggered or that toxic chemical manufacturing sites leak out threatening not only the survival of regional area or nations within that global warming unsafe zone but also the very survival of the whole world itself.
(Please note: There is now no mathematical way for us to prevent crossing the carbon 500 ppm tipping point where all ice on earth will melt! Beyond its mathematical certainty, there are numerous climate scientists who believe that crossing carbon 500 ppm is also inevitable because we will soon cross many of the other climate, biological and human system tipping points covered on the top of this page. The previously mentioned factors leading to the inevitability of crossing the carbon 500 ppm tipping point does not even include the other accelerating global warming positive feedback loops already occurring throughout our climate system. (Positive feedback loops enhance or amplify changes; this tends to move a system away from its equilibrium state and make it more unstable.)
Numerous climate scientists also believe that no matter what we do, we have already missed our window of opportunity to prevent carbon 600 ppm and that once we have crossed the carbon 500 ppm level, we will not be able to keep from reaching carbon 800 ppm (the near-final phase of the Climageddon Scenario.) Our organization does not hold the inevitability of crossing the carbon 800 ppm level to be settled scientific truth.
If we did, there would be nothing at this point that any of us could do to avoid mass extinction. Our reading of the current science indicates that if we do not immediately enact the radical fossil fuel cuts, we will cross the carbon 600 ppm level. But if we do enact the necessary cuts, there is still an acceptable possibility that we can prevent crossing the carbon 600 ppm final tipping point. (We would do this by immediately enacting all of the actions described in part three of the Job One Plan.)
At worst, even if we can not still prevent crossing the carbon 600 ppm level, we can at least, slow and lessen some of the worst coming global warming consequences by radically shutting down fossil fuel use so more of us and survive longer. While preventing crossing the carbon 600 ppm tipping point will be a Herculean task of massive global cooperation and mobilization, the probability that we can at least temporarily, slow and lessen many of the other 20 worst global warming consequences is still quite good.)
It is important to be realistic for future planning. The probability that we will not cross the extinction-evoking carbon 600 ppm tipping point is not good. Additionally, the final window of opportunity to prevent crossing the carbon 600 ppm tipping point will close in 5-10 years at best, if we have not made the necessary and immediate radical fossil fuel cuts. This is because of both the temperature momentum already "baked" into the climate system (the existing carbon 411 ppm level already in the atmosphere,) and the additional 3 or more carbon particles per million we continue to add to the atmosphere each year as we continue failing to adequately reverse our fossil fuel use.)
D. Have the world’s political leaders create essential new, verifiable, and enforceable laws and treaties to achieve adequate global warming reduction in time to save us.
Once our politicians have declared a worldwide global warming State of Emergency and have agreed upon national and international global warming reduction goals and subgoals, several categories of new national and international laws or treaties will be needed to ensure effective action. The categories of laws or treaties described below must be enacted simultaneously because they function as an integrated system, which will have the highest probability of success in the little time we have left to prevent crossing the carbon 600 ppm threshold.
The many categories of new laws or treaties below are required in part because both the climate and human society are complex adaptive systems, so resolving the global warming emergency will require an integrated systems-level approach involving many categories of laws or treaties covering these areas. These new laws or treaties are also needed to successfully reach the critical subgoals of net zero carbon and 100% green energy generation as soon as is technically possible in a mass mobilization of humanity’s resources. Please note some temporary but strictly limited critical exceptions in immediate or complete reductions of fossil fuel use may also need to be temporarily allowed within these new laws or treaties for military use, space exploration, limited air travel, as well as other critical, medical, and chemical uses of these fuels.
If any area of the following categories of verifiable and enforceable laws or treaties is not enacted, the probability of achieving the necessary level of success in time to save us from going over the carbon 600 ppm battle line or one or more of the critical global warming tipping points is perilously lessened. If you think of enforceable and verifiable international and national laws or treaties as the most essential and critical fulcrum point that helps to maximize successful top-down-driven leverage to prevent humanity’s extinction, you will have fully grasped their true importance. This single step is by far the most important action step.
Here are the key areas of new, verifiable, and enforceable global warming reduction laws or treaties we must demand:
1. Demand new national and international laws or treaties to create a revenue- neutral, Fee and Dividend-based global warming reduction program.
The Fee and Dividend plan will work because it puts a price on carbon fossil fuels use equal to their environmental damage and accomplishes this through market economy mechanisms. The Fee and Dividend plan’s rising fee on carbon pollution incentivizes a rapid shift from toxic fossil fuels to clean green energy. Its direct dividend payments to all those individuals, companies, and nations that reduce their fossil fuel use is the profit motive and self-interest key that will strongly incentivize the rapid transition to green energy generation essential to our survival.
This Fee and Dividend plan is also revenue neutral and not the investment banker-friendly, grossly flawed Cap and Trade program continually promoted by the fossil fuel industry, its lobbyists, investment bankers and the fossil fuel-related, owned, or influenced media
Fee and Dividend laws or treaties would quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by placing a fee on carbon dioxide (CO2) or equivalent gases. This fee would be levied against all fossil fuels at their point of entry into the economy.
Almost 100% of the collected revenue would be returned as a monthly, quarterly, or annual direct payment to every citizen, business, or nation that uses less fossil fuel energy or moves to green energy. Hence the concept that this fee is revenue-neutral. This revenue-neutral feature would protect low and middle-class citizens from the rising consumer costs associated with the carbon fee and the critical rapid transition to green energy generation. It will quickly spread the financial benefits of green energy transition to every area of the world.
In the U.S. current proposals would start the fee at $15 per ton of CO2 equivalent (3/4 of a penny per pound) and raise $10-$20 per ton each year (1/2-1 penny per pound). The fee would continue to rise until total U.S. CO2 equivalent emissions had been reduced to 10% or less of U.S. CO2 equivalent emissions in 1990. (The projected carbon fee is estimated to quickly reach $40-$100 per ton.)
To protect national businesses from actions of other countries that do not have or enforce equivalent carbon Fee and Dividend pricing mechanisms, a compensating border adjustment would be enacted. All goods coming from countries without a Fee and Dividend carbon price equivalent would be subjected to an equivalent compensating fee at the border of the fee compliant nation. Goods leaving a compliant nation for sale in a fee noncompliant country would be reimbursed that fee at the compliant nation’s border at the time of export.
No other program will be more effective and faster to adopt globally than the Fee and Dividend plan because it:
Financially stimulates low-carbon innovation and the creation of jobs in green energy generation.
Is the fairest current revenue-neutral method of motivating and mobilizing the critical and necessary high-speed transition to green energy generation and away from fossil fuels.
Offsets citizens' higher energy costs with direct dividend payments for conservation and going green.
Immediately and radically reduces emissions in all sectors and areas globally, thereby moving toward carbon neutrality (net zero carbon) by strongly incentivizing carbon pollution reductions and efficiencies.
Creates a stable, predictable carbon price benchmark for business planning and puts the carbon fee at the source (well, mine, or port). This way businesses don't directly absorb costs. Carbon fee border adjustments will also encourage other nations to price carbon similarly to avoid paying the difference at other national borders. This will help create a competitive and level fossil fuel reduction playing field amongst the nations.
Is not easily exploitable by investment bankers and other wealthy special interests who could easily use current Cap and Trade plans to delay or defer expanding green energy generation while continuing carbon pollution and while making vast fortunes buying and selling Cap and Trade credits for owners and Wall Street brokers. Think of Cap and Trade as the “business as usual” scheme of the wealthy few to maintain the status quo for as long as possible. Think of the Fee and Dividend plan as the fairest plan for the well-being of the many as well as the fastest possible transition facilitator to green energy generation for almost all of our energy needs.
Is quickly implementable and is a rational, transparent, and simple policy.
Will quickly generate widespread public support because of its direct and near immediate financial dividend payments.
Is a great policy tool that actually has an excellent chance of being implemented politically. This is because both liberals and conservatives can support it. What makes it an attractive policy for conservatives is that the program creates minimal bureaucracy and does not expand the size of government. Citizens are free to use their dividend as they choose, presumably in part to reduce their use of carbon, to offset the increased cost of carbon due to the carbon fee. Its appeal to liberals is that it will help keep the environment safe.
At every level where rapid and effective change away from fossil fuel dependence will be necessary, the Fee and Dividend program has the greatest hope of motivating and immediately mobilizing the necessary green energy generation, use, and effective energy conservation changes that will keep the greatest possible amount of fossil fuels in the ground forever. More importantly, no other known fee measure will as quickly or effectively lessen the escalating global warming emergency and avert crossing more global warming tipping points. (If you are still uncertain about the details of how the Fee and Dividend plan will work to finance the various actions listed above, please read this Wikipedia article here.)
What some of the carbon fees from the new Fee and Dividend program will be used for
In addition to paying dividends for reducing fossil fuel use, part of the Fee and Dividend plan proceeds will also help finance the following critical activities:
A. Fund a central honest broadcast center that would provide accurate global warming education and public relations support in mass mobilization type campaigns on why we all have to comply with many new, difficult, painful and costly global warming reduction laws or treaties and other changes that suddenly will be enforced by our governments so that we may survive. Right now the public media is not telling the real story and too many of our climate experts and climate organizations are also not telling the real story because of political and economic pressure overriding their research.
This honest broadcast center and honest public educational process is critical because the general public is not at all ready for the rapid transition required, and the resulting radical changes in energy generation and energy distribution. It will take nothing less than a massive accurate global public relations and education program to help the general public understand why these rapid changes are needed, why these changes are beneficial to their futures, why individual self-directed actions alone are not enough, and why the escalating global warming emergency is everyone's worst enemy.
We can never forget that change usually evokes fear and the now needed radical changes will evoke massive fears. If there is not a massive government endorsed and funded educational and public relations program about why these difficult changes must be immediately enacted, the general population will become violent and revolt. Any politicians endorsing the needed changes will be thrown out of office if this educational and public relations step is ignored, and we will be back to zero and nothing significant will be done to further reduce global warming.
The financial dividends of the Fee and Dividend program will help lessen that fear and help stimulate adoption, but any sudden, radical, and costly large-scale change will still evoke intense fear, resistance, and counteraction. The successful use of large-scale public education and public relations is not unprecedented. A large-scale education and public relations program is exactly what was used to mobilize the United States in World War II and was foundational to its later victory.
Over time, the citizens of the world will be brought to understand, through these education and public relations programs, the severity, and immediacy of the challenge that the global warming emergency presents. These education and public relations programs must take place concurrently with top-down enforcement of the new global warming reduction laws or treaties. Although many individuals will quickly comply with their national laws or treaties, many others will not commit themselves to any collective effort to remedy this emergency unless they better understand why it is necessary. Over time, this global education and public relations campaign will help the current culture’s transition from the dying fossil fuel age into the life-promoting green energy age. If this global education and public relations campaign is done correctly, the population of the world will begin to feel a powerful sense of common and collective destiny and high moral purpose, knowing their rational actions are saving themselves, their children, and future generations.
B. Fund appropriate technologies to help us rapidly achieve complete global green energy generation as soon as is technologically possible. Appropriate new technologies will have a major role in the long-term retooling and reorientation of our economy to facilitate the final transition to green renewable energy. It can improve smart grid systems, energy storage capabilities, electricity-based mass transportation, retrofitting buildings, sustainable agriculture, zero waste, and more. Appropriate green technology can even help provide access to cleaner and greener cooking for the poorest 3 billion people who spend hours each day collecting solid biomass fuels and burning them for cooking.
Appropriate new technologies are not some new upgraded version of nuclear power or scaling up the older versions of nuclear power. Nuclear power is not the solution. It is another cool new set of problems that avoid the real solution which is radically reducing global fossil fuel usage to the levels mentioned above. Additionally, there is no possible way to physically scale-up building enough new nuclear reactor energy generation capacity to replace ALL of global fossil fuel use in the amounts needed (mentioned above) and, in the time needed to save us from the worst consequences that will occur over the next 50 years.
C. Create employee job retraining as well as a business and national recovery fund that would assist all individuals, businesses, and nations that will suffer significant financial losses because of the rapidly falling use of fossil fuels. For example, Fee and Dividend revenues will assist developing nations to leapfrog overbuilding or expanding any current carbon energy generation systems directly into building or expanding green energy generation. We cannot forget to actively assist those who will be harmed financially in this rapid transition.
D. Fund other possible new technologies as an emergency backup plan if we fail to meet the two critical scale up green energy and scale down fossil fuel use targets (mentioned above); but only after we have first well funded the actions detailed above. This is our last-chance-plan for when all other remedial actions of the Job One Plan have failed to slow or lessen escalating global warming and we are about to go over the climate cliff into out of control global warming and Phase 2 and 3 of the Climageddon Scenario.
In spite of the grand promises that are being touted about how new geoengineering technologies may help us suck carbon out of the atmosphere, there are critical warnings about any rushed or desperate implementation of these new and unproven technologies. A myriad of unsolved problems attend the proposed “geoengineering” technologies, not the least of which is they are still in the “theoretical drawing board stage,” have no economically proven working models, they cannot be scaled to draw down carbon as computer modeled, and much more.
Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) are particularly troublesome, and these currently nonexistent technologies are built into current IPCC prediction models. One overwhelming reason they are not feasible any time soon is that some examples of them require growing carbon crops on land the size of India, each and every year for decades. The world does not have anything close to this amount of land to lend to a carbon capture scheme, because the land is already being used for food crops for human use and consumption. When the choice is starving hundreds of millions of people to grow carbon-capture crops to remediate what humans did in the past, then we must say that this plan is non-sense and look for other technologies. And as Professor Kevin Anderson explains in his lucid video in March 2017, that nonsense is just what many of the international IPCC models now suggest.
The key warnings about planning for nonexistent or economically unproven new technologies (particularly those that will save us by sucking carbon out of the air,) to resolve the global warming emergency are:
We cannot allow new, nonexistent or economically unproven technologies to lull us into a false sense of comfort that we can continue to pour more carbon and methane pollution into our atmosphere—or preserve the dying fossil fuel energy generation business model. The emphasis on the development of these new technologies must always be to move past the fossil fuel energy generation age. There can be no turning back! We have entered the age of green energy generation, and we need to go forward full speed to get us out of the existing escalating global warming emergency.
Before demonstrations at scale with proven economic viability, we cannot expect that “theoretically drawing board” of geoengineering technologies will save us from what is coming. Relying heavily on miraculous new technologies to save us is a dangerous strategy and should never replace the primary focus of doing the most in-harmony-with-nature actions and the other systemic actions recommended in the Job One Plan. These actions do not carry the potential disastrous side effects of many new technologies employed as last chance solutions suggested in the most desperate of times and situations.
We must never forget that almost all new technology is based on mechanical, three-dimensional engineering principles that are far simpler than the principles of complex adaptive systems like the biological and climate systems of our precious planet. Engineering is generally a simple and linear three-dimensional set of cause-and-effect actions. Biology and the climate are complex adaptable systems with nonlinear, self-organizing, and unpredictable spontaneously emergent They should be seen as having many more non-cause-and-effect “dimensions.” They also have far more unknown and complex tipping points, interconnectivities, and interdependencies than are found within the limited mechanical rules and solutions characteristic of the nonliving, mechanical world. Frequently, applying mechanical solutions to complex adaptive systems such as our biological and climate systems results in unpleasant surprises in the form of unintended negative consequences.
We cannot allow our individual or collective hubris about our many great mechanical engineering accomplishments to blind us to the risk of overlooking the possibility that new mechanical technology solutions applied to global warming’s complex adaptable systems may, in fact, produce equal or even greater damage than the problem they're meant to solve. For example, placing massive amounts of sun-reflecting particles into the complex adaptive system of the atmosphere and global climate is being widely discussed as a mechanical new technology solution to the global warming emergency. What if, as an unintended side effect, those particles blocked the normal rainfall in a nuclear-armed country like China and caused immediate mass starvation and death? With its own population dying before its eyes, where do you think the Chinese government would point its nuclear weapons, or from whom would they demand immediate restitution? The unintended risks could easily and quickly get out of hand, leading to unpredictable and potentially worse consequences if any of the nations harmed have nuclear weapons. Additionally, once our ecological and climate systems have been stressed beyond their respective tipping points and points of no return, it will be far too late to develop or deploy any technologically useful geoengineering repair or cooling For additional information on the many problems and dangers of geoengineering solutions to the global warming emergency, see these articles by Andrew Revkin, Chelsea Harvey, and John Vidal.
We cannot expect to extend the use or lifespan of fossil fuels by increasing fossil fuel consumption efficiency. Collective experience and research has repeatedly shown that using technology to increase fossil fuel consumption efficiency or conservation frequently increases overall fossil fuel use rather than reducing it. This is because of the economic savings that increased fossil fuel energy efficiency or conservation provides, acting to create more cash resources to buy or use more things dependent upon using more fossil fuels. This is known as Jevons’s paradox.
In further qualification to what is been said in the section above, it is necessary to state that:
a. While carbon capture technology will not save us from the unavoidable consequences now coming towards us due to the laws of physics and cause-and-effect, at the end of the 21st-century and in the following centuries carbon capture technology will be essential to gradually reduce carbon PPM levels back down to the life-compatible safe zone from carbon 272 carbon 350 ppm. If we do not gradually scale up carbon capture we may not be able to save even the 1 billion or fewer survivors of this emergency as the decades pass.
b. New technology will always play some role, but not the role everyone is hoping for --- the role of the miracle last-minute savior. The essential role that new technology will play will be in providing breakthroughs that will allow increased food production in the poor soils and the sunlight-poor growing seasons of the far north and the far south. New technology will no doubt also provide new solutions to moving our infrastructure to the safe zones as well as creating new types of more sustainable infrastructure and energy generation and use. New technology will also supply many other breakthroughs that will facilitate those who do survive living longer and more comfortably.
2. Demand world political leaders require their respective national intelligence agencies and national security agencies take immediate and full responsibility for re-analyzing current global warming research and rapidly reporting the updated security threats, predicted consequences, and new timetables.
It's time to stop engaging in the false hope that the underfunded Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change of the United Nations (IPCC) can or should be taking on the lead research and analysis responsibility for the future of humanity or producing accurate reports which include tipping points!
It's time to recognize and publicly “reassign” the full final responsibility for creating a complete and accurate risk analysis for the current and future security threat levels of the global warming emergency to our respective national intelligence agencies and national security agencies.
There are many good reasons for “transferring” those senior global warming research and analysis responsibilities
The IPCC has failed to carry out its mandate effectively. (Click here to see more about this.)
Escalating global warming is the one common security threat to all nations, which if not managed correctly, will eventually destabilize our global civilization. The best and brightest of the intelligence agencies analysts already know much of what's in the new Climageddon book. They also know that if they continue to fail to properly inform their politicians to protect the world, they also fail to protect their nation and their own families. In general, there is sufficient intellectual capability and access to accurate information available, along with qualified, self-interested people within intelligence agencies. They know escalating global warming is the ultimate no-win game where we will all come to a painful end if their politicians do not have all of the non-politicized facts and then act effectively to protect and preserve our common well-being. The intelligence agencies already know that if the global warming emergency reaches late Phase 3 or Phase 4 of the Climageddon Scenario, it is the beginning of the end of civilization itself! Because of the sheer power of self-preservation, it is realistic to believe many courageous individuals within our intelligence agencies will sooner or later fight through whatever bureaucratic or political resistance exists to ensure their respective politicians fully understand that global warming is the largest single and escalating security threat the world faces in the 21st-century.
Intelligence agencies have the mandated first and final legal responsibility to speak truth to power. Excluding global thermonuclear war, escalating global warming is the single most serious risk to both national security and humanity. Therefore, the responsibility for accurate global warming risk analysis and reporting to our political leaders must be “re-assigned” to respective national intelligence agencies and national security agencies. These intelligence agencies are also ethically obligated to present this security information clearly and simply enough to their respective politicians so that they fully understand the scope and scale of all risks, time frames, and consequences involved.
Intelligence agencies of the world have the budgets, resources, research capabilities, and expert analytic capabilities to do these annual risk analysis updates far better than an easily politically influenced and grossly underfunded agency like the IPCC. Our well-funded intelligence agencies are far more capable of accessing and hiring the best climate scientists and related researchers to quantify the escalating security threat of global warming than any other existing entity or organization.
The politicians of any nation whose intelligence agency has produced such reports and briefings will tend to give those reports and briefings more credibility and legitimacy than any presented by an underfunded, under-resourced, and expertise-challenged UN agency. Consequently, it would be immeasurably more difficult for our politicians to ignore these credible dire warnings.
Having global warming reports produced by national intelligence agencies would also help to educate and motivate the public. The key issue is “believing” the truth that we are in the middle of a global warming emergency of the scope, scale, and urgency presented here. In 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt used this as the catalyst to engender a US mass mobilization for warfare. Most people don’t recall that Roosevelt had begun planning and preparation for this mass mobilization and the military was ready to swing into full-scale action. Business was ready to support the effort. Currently, with our fractured political system, and with mobilization to leave the fossil fuel era remote and still only a suggestion, the first issue is to provide the optimal credibility mechanism so that the US and the nations of the world, along with their citizenry can “believe” that immediate mass mobilization is truly necessary. The Job One Plan suggests that national intelligence and national security agencies can best substantiate the reality of the dire crisis we find ourselves in as described here and that they are the most likely organizations and entities that can be “believed.” Having these highly credible sources educate the public on why radical fossil fuel reductions must take place immediately is critical. This public education factor could also have the beneficial side effect of creating a more accurately informed citizenry, which will better hold their politicians to account for any delays in taking immediate action to resolve the global warming emergency.
Regular reports and briefings from respective intelligence agencies may well be crucial for political systems and their respective publics. For some time to come, it will likely be necessary to both combat and neutralize the anti-science, climate denial propaganda machine abundantly financed by a dying fossil fuel industry. These intelligence agency reports would also serve to validate and confirm good climate science, as well as accurate consequence prediction models and time frames. This validation and credibility factor will be indispensable to politicians as they ask their citizens to make the many costly, difficult, and radical sacrifices now needed in order to save humanity and civilization.
Despite the military entanglements and extreme nationalism that pervades the histories of national security and intelligence agencies, the Job One Plan asserts that humanity has no better current mechanism for persuading the world’s political systems and the public that the common enemy the escalating global warming emergency is real. There are no more credible organizations available to illuminate the overwhelming common plight we all face. While climate scientists and related disciplines have provided the complex information basis that asserts that the global warming emergency is actually at the scope, scale, and urgency explained herein, the unfortunate reality is that the “relatively” uncomplex information related to the global warming emergency is both disputed and obscured by vested financial interests. Trillions of dollars are at stake for the dying fossil fuel industry, and it will be defended. Therefore, the world’s intelligence agencies are one of the best last remaining options for both correcting the IPCC’s underestimations and other flaws as well as for establishing high credibility for the correct global warming information.
3. Have the world’s political leaders demand annual global warming updates from their respective intelligence agencies, which going forward will always include projection scenarios related to crossing more tipping points.
In spite of the escalating emergency, global warming update reports are far too infrequent (about once every 5 to 7 years from the IPCC). Carbon ppm levels are rising when they should be dropping dramatically. Each increase in carbon ppm in our atmosphere again tolls the warning bell of IPCC failure.
Unfortunately, by continuing to rely on the IPCC for accurate global warming information, we are doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result—the classic Einsteinian definition of insanity. Our tipping point prone escalating emergency is far too dangerous and moving far too fast to not have annual updates by the most qualified parties with the greatest resources and vested security interests.
We must also create a comprehensive global warming annual risk report that will include the consequences of crossing global warming tipping points. By having every intelligence agency in the world produce an annual national update on the current state of the escalating global warming emergency for both politicians and the public, we would also be creating inherent checks and balances against underestimation, errors, or intentional deceit by rogue intelligence agencies, outlier governments, or conflicting nongovernmental organizations.
These multiple annual reports coming from many different intelligence agencies would quickly expose any nation hiding critical global warming information for their own temporary benefit. In time, these national intelligence agencies and the individuals within them would also see the many benefits of cooperating on research and sharing confirmable and comprehensive risk analyses.
Similarly, it would be against the interest of rogue national intelligence agencies to be caught hiding critical information or falsifying information for a perceived temporary national benefit when the other nations’ intelligence agencies publish their contradicting annual global warming reports. As an extra safeguard against deceptive practices, once the multiple intelligence agency annual global warming reports have been made publicly available, leading climate scientists from around the world can review them, looking for common patterns, omissions, or errors within and between these multiple intelligence agency reports.
Similar to the way the scientific method works in advanced scientific systems, peer review and consolidation by non-intelligence community scientists would reveal additional valuable information that single intelligence agencies might miss or misrepresent, as well as reveal omissions that could serve to inequitably benefit any single nation. The intelligence agencies that produce the most accurate annual global warming reports will gain prestige around the world and become the standard for credibility and reliability. For the best agencies, this will likely result in increased funding and budget discretion.
4. Demand new international and national laws or treaties that will provide government subsidies and incentives for expanding green energy generation.
We have to radically scale up green energy production and use—at least as fast as or faster than we are reducing fossil fuel energy use and generation to avoid total economic collapse.
Specifically, we will need to mass-mobilize the production and use of green technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels, high capacity non-toxic battery storage, hydrogen fuel cell or electric light-duty vehicles, and more efficient end-use devices, especially in appliances, lighting, air conditioning, and industrial processes.
5. Demand new international and national laws or treaties to increase natural carbon sequestration and the achievement of net zero carbon.
In order to save ourselves from the worst consequences of escalating global warming, we must also rapidly engage and expand natural carbon sequestration actions that directly and effectively reduce the existing carbon ppm levels in the atmosphere while we are also radically reducing the global use of fossil fuels. Surprisingly, we can do this while avoiding new technologies with risky outcomes.
Natural sequestration is the only way we should use to achieve net zero carbon because there are so many unforeseen or even worse consequences trying to use new technologies to remove atmospheric carbon to achieve net zero carbon. Natural sequestration does not include cap and trade laws as they are ineffective for the radical carbon reductions we now need.
By harmonizing with nature’s existing mechanisms to reduce and “eat” carbon in the atmosphere and investing globally in reducing deforestation, promoting reforestation, land/soil restoration, restoration or enhancement of carbon sinks and agroecology, we can avoid the use of risky new technologies. We can also wisely use these existing natural technologies to increase the use of biochar and the successful implementation of other non-natural means of carbon sequestration such as improved and expanded carbon farming. For more information on carbon sequestration, see this article by Umair Irfan.
The global deployment of the above atmospheric carbon reduction and sequestering measures has the potential to reduce and offset 20% of the current emissions of CO and other greenhouse gases. As a side benefit, the more natural methods mentioned above will also create wealth for the poorest 3 billion. (Many of the above carbon sequestration actions will occur in our poorest nations and help provide work for many in those nations. Also see ”the global climate’s heat-controlling systems and subsystems” here for more information on the Earth’s natural systems, many of which can be used to remove massive amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.)
6. Demand new international and national laws or treaties that will rapidly remove government subsidies from fossil fuel energy generation.
The fantastically wealthy $28 trillion a year global fossil fuel industry is much more dependent on global government handouts than is widely realized. In 2015, governments worldwide subsidized the fossil fuel industry with an estimated $5.3 trillion, giving this dying industry 50 times more than the $120 billion that went to renewable energy subsidies. Governments are thereby unconsciously paying for their nation’s global warming caused self-destruction!
Amazingly, some fossil fuel subsidies went to boost oil consumption. In effect, taxpayer dollars from around the world are being used to subsidize more toxic fossil fuel pollution, escalating global warming and its catastrophic and unhealthy consequences.
7. Demand new laws or treaties that will incentivize divestment from the dying fossil fuel energy generation industry.
The fossil fuel industry is dying as the green energy revolution continues to grow. While it may be difficult to accept these radical changes, this is as it should be. One important realization related to this change is to understand that the fossil fuel world will, by necessity die, if for no other reason than we cannot continue to run our world economies on lower quality, harder to get, dirtier, and more expensive fossil fuels. The reliance on tar sands, super-polluting processes like fracking, and dangerous super-deep drilling systems will only get worse in the near future. So, it is not a matter of “if” the fossil fuel era will end, but “when.” As the public begins to understand the urgent necessity of leaving fossil fuels behind, and as global warming emergency is increasingly illuminated and substantiated, fossil fuel-related industries will go the way of dinosaurs. Consequently, many people heavily invested in this dying industry will sooner or later suffer huge financial losses.
To prevent the unscrupulous from trying to unfairly profit from this dying industry, new laws or treaties need to be enacted to:
A. incentivize fossil fuel divestment and
B. punish those “gaming the system” to stop windfall profiteering on the sudden and rapid changes in production, pricing, distribution, carbon fees, or inventories that this dying industry will experience as fossil fuel use radically shrinks and the green energy revolution rapidly expands.
How might the system be gamed? As an example, the fossil fuel industry might hear ahead of its competitors that Fee and Dividend per ton carbon fees are going to go up again on a certain date on any fossil fuels that will be subsequently removed from the ground. Before the new carbon fees take place, a fossil fuel producer could accelerate its extraction process many times beyond normal by creating an out-of-the-ground large non-taxable inventory. This would allow that business to “game the system” and obtain windfall profits on the fossil fuels it just quickly stockpiled. The new laws or treaties must prevent all such activities.
8. Demand new laws or treaties to tax all fossil fuel profits at significantly higher rates.
Governments will need to provide a massive retraining of fossil fuel industry-related employees, as well as funding many retooling projects while subsidizing new green energy infrastructure. Considerably higher taxes on remnant fossil fuel profits may also need to be authorized and legislated.
9. Demand new international and national laws or treaties that mandate the creation of emergency recovery reserve funds equal to 5% of national GDPs.
This is necessary in order for each nation to cope with the rapidly rising costs of escalating global warming catastrophes. The modern world has never experienced the rising scope, scale, and frequency of loss and destruction that will continue to accumulate as global warming moves toward crossing more tipping points and deeper into the Climageddon Scenario phases.
Some estimates have suggested that if we survive, it will eventually take $200-$600 trillion dollars to repair the damage. To put that amount in perspective, that is roughly 4-6 times the total annual GDP of the entire world’s economic systems.! Unless we create a minimum 5% emergency reserve fund for each nation, it is difficult to conceptualize how will be able to constructively ameliorate continuing and escalating global warming catastrophe costs.
10. Demand new laws or treaties mandating that fossil fuel corporations pay for past and current environmental and health damages caused by their products.
It has been recently discovered that some fossil fuel companies like Exxon appear to have known their products were causing global warming damage and degradation for over 30 years. This suggests that a reasonable interpretation of their actions could be seen as knowingly harming or intentionally harming the health air, water, and land belonging to all of us.
If these allegations are “proven” by legal action, Exxon will be guilty of offloading the pollution damage and health costs of their products onto the citizens and taxpayers of their respective nations while they kept all the profits from their knowingly destructive acts. If this is demonstrated, the intentional harm projected upon the public should be seriously penalized, and appropriate restitution should result.
New laws or treaties requiring fossil fuel-related companies to pay for past and present health and environmental damage should be enacted at the same time as the other global warming reduction-related laws or treaties mentioned in this document. The governments of the world will need restitution payments as part of the funding to repair past fossil fuel damage and to facilitate the fast migration to clean green energy generation. Click here to see an article describing how to get financial restitution for damages you have suffered in global warming-aggravated storms.
11. Demand the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and other power centers call for the immediate emergency meeting of world’s leaders, as well as facilitate verification and enforcement of global warming reduction laws or treaties.
Without a global government that has verification and enforcement powers, individual nations or corporations will have incentives to “cheat,” thus gaining competitive advantages. This is because they believe they are immune to outside verification, enforcement, or punishment.
Unless some kind of effective international mechanisms is put in place for global verification and enforcement of these new global warming laws or treaties, they will be as ineffective and toothless as the reduction pledges, promises, and intentions of the various IPCC conferences. Without strong verification procedures and globally enforceable penalties evenly applied to all structures and negotiated agreements, there is little hope we will change our ways in time and not go extinct.
Luckily, there are several strategic and innovative ways to ensure all global warming cheaters, treaty violators, or treaty non-signers gain no competitive or other advantages. Some individuals may initially be uncomfortable with bypassing the failed IPCC structures in the manner described below, but please keep an open mind.
We are in a desperate corner and forced to utilize the most effective methods with the right resources—even if the agents of this new solution are not perfect or have checkered histories.
If the solution proposed below makes you uncomfortable, after reviewing it ask yourself: What other current options have any proven track record or realistic hope of being more effective? We are potentially going to be trapped in the perfect storm of perfect storms. To adapt an old saying, we need to consider any port in a superstorm.
In the title of this section, we mention the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). These organizations already have a track record of facilitating the negotiation of international agreements and treaties. They also have a history of managing and In some cases, assisting with enforcing those international agreements or treaties. Additionally, many of the world’s largest corporations and nations have already developed some level of trust and confidence in their existing relationships with these organizations. If requested to do so, the World Trade Organization (WTO) could be tasked to:
A. help negotiate the necessary international global warming reduction laws and treaties with adequate verification and enforcement penalties,
B. arbitrate disputes over execution or implementation of resulting law or treaty enactment issue areas, or specific parts of these.,
C. set up mechanisms to verify that nations or corporations are complying with the negotiated global warming laws and treaties, and
D. impose fees and penalties on trade deals or trade items from any nation or corporation shown to be violating the global warming reduction laws or treaties; increasing trade penalties could accompany repeated violations to always ensure the prompt removal of any profit incentive for ongoing violations.
Also, if requested to do so, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could:
1. collect and hold in trust all global warming law or treaty violation penalty fees,
2. Disperse global warming fees and penalties collected,
3.impose additional interest penalty fees on every existing bank loan for any nation or corporation caught violating the new global warming reduction laws or treaties; these increased interest penalty fees could also independently escalate with repeated violations to a level that replaces any cheating profits with equal cheating penalties, and
4. on the basis of repeated gross violations of global warming laws or treaties, nations or corporations could even be denied loans.
Additional tools and power centers for enforcing and collecting penalties on carbon pollution cheaters:
There are other well-established international power centers capable of penalizing any corporation or nation—across international borders—that might seek to cheat and violate the negotiated international global warming reduction laws or treaties. Among these power centers are the international and national banking transaction clearinghouses that handle clearing and processing of the world’s banking transactions.
Once these and similar international organizations act to collect violation penalties, here's how it would work. These banking transactional clearinghouses would impose a small additional penalty fee on every banking or checking transaction of any nation or corporation caught violating the new global warming reduction laws or treaties.
All collected transactional interest penalty fees, Fee and Dividend fees, and other fees or penalties could eventually be directed into the IMF or some other similar international banking organization that would act as trustee for holding all collected funds. These collected funds could then be dispersed to various areas (as mentioned above in the Fee and Dividend section). Proper dispersal of these funds could be overseen by qualified legal and accounting administrators, as well as a panel of global warming experts chosen from all nations.
12. Demand the governments of the world also start preparing for the tremendous psychological and emotional trauma that will be experienced by both climagees and survivors.
Because of the unimaginable trauma that will occur as global warming progresses and its worst consequences unfold phase by phase, there will be a special need for many more pre-trained qualified, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and ministers of all faiths. These individuals will be urgently needed to help everyone recover from the many either the forced or inhibited survival and migration-related traumas or, the deep survivor's guilt in those lucky enough to get to safe zones in time.
If any of the best of our civilization is to survive in the safe stones in reasonably healthy psychological or spiritual terms, this need for a massive healing and processing of the emotional and psychological traumas by an adequate number of qualified professionals must be planned in advance and taken into careful consideration.
In the face of the severe levels of trauma that will be experienced by politicians, administrators and the military who will have to make and enforce the life and death decisions at our borders and the many traumatized individuals and families trying to cross those borders or survive wherever they are, there is no other option but to anticipate this coming crisis and start preparing for it immediately.
Why top-down government-driven mobilization is critical for us to survive global warming
By this time it should be clear that to be successful with the Job One Plan, we need to effect massive high-speed change through top-down action. We cannot resolve this global warming emergency and save ourselves in time without a mass mobilization of the world through:
- government and/or internationally verified and enforceable laws and treaties and
- massive education and public relations programs on governmental, corporate, and social levels to convincingly explain why the painful new changes are required as well as the amazing survival, health and economic benefits this transition to green energy will produce.
This does not mean that only top-down action is required to achieve the Job One goals. Because some bottom-up public individual actions to get things happening on the Job One steps will also be required, but it will be primarily top-down, government-driven action that will give us the necessary laws or treaties, enforcement, and verification in time to save us.
Important bottom-up actions will also involve the public learning why such radical and costly changes are needed immediately and demanding changes be made by those with real influence. Bottom-up actions will also involve all of us doing what is necessary to maintain a stable climate once we are successful in ending the global warming emergency.
Because our window of opportunity for effecting slowing and lessening this emergency to prevent total extinction is short, about 15-20 years to prevent us from crossing carbon 500 where all ice on earth will begin to melt and, where we also become near certain to cross the carbon 600 ppm line where extinction becomes probable, we are in essence, forced to start with a top-down approach using the legitimate power of governments to verify and enforce compliance with laws or treaties necessary to save us in time. Educating and then changing individual behavior one person at a time or even in groups is doomed to failure because there is not enough time left to break through the massive inertia and resistance by almost all of the population to the radical changes we will be required to make. Only change derived from the legal, structural and cultural power of universally enforced and verified laws or treaties has any hope of being successful.
The simple beauty of enacting the previously mentioned types of national and international laws or treaties before it is too late is that these laws or treaties, with their financial and non-financial incentives, dividends, disincentives, and penalties, will provide the fastest stimulus for the greatest mass mobilization of national and international, governmental and nongovernmental, corporate and other resources in human history. Enacting these new global warming remedial laws or treaties responds effectively to the uncomfortable reality that only top-down regulatory action coordinated with a top-down global public relations and education program will be able to save us in time.
The good news here is that at national, regional, and local levels, governments, corporations, and individuals will rapidly reorganize themselves to take advantage of the dividends and incentives and avoid the disincentives and penalties related to the new global warming remedial laws or treaties. This will serve to reduce both national and international fossil fuel pollution of our atmosphere at the fastest possible rate because cooperation is rewarded at every level, and failure to cooperate is penalized at every level.
Some challenges regarding enacting all of the needed new laws or treaties
These are some additional challenges:
- All of these various types of international and national laws or treaties in the different categories must be enacted together to create an effective, comprehensive, and integrated systemic solution to escalating global warming. If laws or treaties in only one or two of the above categories are passed, it will greatly slow the pace of solving our global warming emergency, as well as seriously imperil the probability of achieving success.
- There will likely also have to be some emergency deficit spending by many governments in order to make the transition from fossil fuels to green energy to prevent unthinkable disaster. Deficit spending is not a dirty word or an unusual or unproven thing.
Deficit spending was used in World War II and specifically in the United States to help save a great portion of the world in a previously declared State of Emergency called war. Deficit spending is currently happening in almost every nation of the world.
If deficit spending were such a morally or financially bad thing, the greatest portion of the population would not be given credit cards and most of the world governments wouldn't be able to function. When one accepts the reality that this emergency is far worse in total eventual damage than World War II and parallels the global extinction threat level of nuclear war, deficit spending by our governments is not only appropriate, it is demanded. If our governments do not deficit spend in this even greater emergency, as they did in World War II, it would be a gross dereliction of their legal and moral responsibilities to protect the lives, livelihoods, and futures of the members of their nations.
The challenge of our fossil-fuel-free future
We must eliminate the use of almost all fossil fuels as soon as is technically possible and then eventually begin the process of drawing atmospheric carbon levels back down to safe levels (carbon 325-350 ppm). As soon as is technically possible we also must be functioning worldwide on green energy generation, almost exclusively, except for a few special exemption areas. This will require nothing less than a heroic effort and a massive global warming emergency mobilization. It will also create a great sense of moral purpose because we know that to save humanity and our civilization this is what must be done. Because of the scale and immediacy of this emergency, it is to be expected that both fact and fear are utilized to help motivate us to be successful.
The global warming emergency will inevitably force us into new levels of local, national, and international cooperation
In the past, humanity has cooperated successfully on critical climate issues. We have successfully created international laws, treaties, and agreements regarding the pollution of the atmosphere caused by the gas/liquid refrigerant Freon®. Freon was formerly used in refrigeration and air conditioners. When it leaked out, it rapidly degraded the ozone layer of the atmosphere and created holes in it. Those rapidly-widening holes in the atmosphere’s protective layer of ozone would have greatly increased the incidence of skin cancer in the areas directly beneath them.
We acted quickly because of the escalating danger of a “hole in the ozone” that would have eventually harmed almost everyone on earth. If we did this successfully before with Freon’s pollution, we should be able to do it again with the fossil fuel industries toxic carbon and methane pollution!
The solution to reversing escalating global warming depends upon radical and immediate global changes in how we produce energy, how we pollute the atmosphere, and how we cooperate collectively as humans. These needed changes are far larger and needed far faster than any change of this scale has ever been previously achieved in human history. Consequently, resolving global warming will require more of Earth's inhabitants to mobilize and cooperatively work together than has ever occurred in the past.
The silver lining bonus for trying to survive escalating global warming is that human global cooperation itself will have to rise to a new and higher evolutionary level that has never been seen before!
To survive the threat of escalating global warming, which transcends national interests and national borders, we will be forced to create a new and greater international cooperative union of nations and peoples that will form an enforcement and verification-empowered global governance well beyond any existing international cooperative structures like the United Nations. This itself would also be a huge evolutionary advantage and advance for humanity!
“The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation—a force for construction and destruction.” — Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist, professor of Ethical Leadership, New York University
One small act you can do right now
If you have not done so already, there is one quick, small act you can do immediately. Click here to sign the emergency meeting petition calling for an immediate gathering of world leaders to resolve the escalating global warming emergency and enact steps like those called for in the Job One Plan above. We need to do what we can to get this emergency meeting going fast! Your next vaccination
Conclusion and Creative New Solutions to Get The Government-Driven Actions Done
For many of you, the preceding government-driven action steps may seem too difficult to achieve. They are well out of your zones of influence and control. In our website document called Job One, Part 4, you will discover creative and achievable ways to get the necessary government-driven action steps done by working through those with real influence and power.
Also, you probably have noticed that very few of the above-named critical fossil fuel reduction actions are actually being done today at levels that would be even close to effective. When you do start to see that these actions are being done, it means that things have gotten so bad that even politicians who have been taking fossil fuel money for years can no longer ignore the growing chains of cascading consequences and they too must finally act. The irony of that moment may be that it will be too little too late.
- We must never cross the final catastrophic carbon 600 ppm tipping point or it is the end of humanity and civilization!
- Which would you rather learn about: what is easy and makes you feel comfortable, or what will save you and your family’s lives and future?
- The new and ongoing risk analysis and reports for escalating global warming must be assigned solely to those most responsible, those most qualified, and those whose advice has the highest levels of rational influence on our national politicians. Ongoing risk analysis for escalating global warming must be wholly placed in the intelligence agencies of every nation—the correct place of highest responsibility for all national threat and risk analysis.
- We cannot resolve escalating global warming in time to save ourselves unless we can mass mobilize the world from the top down through new verifiable and enforceable national and international global warming reduction laws or treaties.
- We need to come to the collective realization there is no such thing as an allowable amount of carbon and methane emissions anymore or any remaining carbon budget that we can safely burn. Today, there are only damaging carbon and methane emissions to our health and future. Climate catastrophes are already occurring with increasing frequency, scale, and severity at as little as 1°-1.5° degree Celsius (1.8°-2.7° Fahrenheit) of temperature increase.
- The new national and international Fee and Dividend laws or treaties will help the world to change its fossil fuel behavior at the greatest possible speed.
- We cannot resolve escalating global warming in time unless we mobilize the world through the proven power of financial incentives and penalties. Financial incentives and penalties are time-proven facilitators for rapid and radical behavioral change.
- Without the new global warming remedial laws or treaties having strong, enforceable penalties, some nations or corporations will always cheat. Without strong penalties, cheating will spread into the nations and corporations that would be unfairly penalized by the economic advantages accruing to noncompliant nations and corporations. If this is allowed to happen without sanction, we will not solve the global warming emergency in time.
- Among the proposed global warming laws or treaties that need to be passed, the verification and penalty enforcement mechanism laws or treaties are the most critical to making all of the other global warming reduction laws or treaties work.
- New, enforceable, and verifiable international and national laws or treaties to end global warming are the most critical maximum fulcrum and leverage point within the Job One Plan government-driven actions to ensure ending global warming in time. Getting these new laws or treaties passed is by far the most important action we must achieve to survive.
- We have a choice: immediately decommission the world's largest conglomerate, the fossil fuel industry, with all of its related painful costs and problems—or lose humanity and civilization. We either go all-in on green energy generation, or we watch everything we love suffer and be destroyed.
- By completing the Job One Plan action steps as soon as is technologically possible, we preserve an honest and rational hope of still saving ourselves. If we act effectively, together, and immediately, we should be able to keep from crossing more global warming tipping points and entering the later stages of the Climageddon Scenario.
- Make the commitment to help end global warming. It will change your life for the better. It will also release powers, potentials, and opportunities that simply would not have appeared had you not made that decision and committed to put it into action.
- The Job One Plan was designed to focus exclusively upon correctly answering the most important global warming question: What will actually work in the limited window of effective control we have left to save ourselves from crossing more global warming tipping points, which will eventually bring about the later phases of the Climageddon Scenario? With your help, the Job One Plan may be our best hope to resolve the escalating global warming emergency.
- Escalating global warming is the single most urgent threat humanity must act upon and resolve to continue to survive and thrive.
- Even with using Job One’s new strategies, there are no guarantees we will be able to end global warming in time to avoid global catastrophe. But if we successfully collaborate and innovate together on the key government-driven action steps of the Job One Plan and, if we are very lucky, we might just be able to slow and lessen the worst of the coming catastrophes so that some of us will survive.
- Stop using the term “climate change!” “Climate change” is a term that feeds false illusions and confusion about what is really happening with escalating global warming. If we are ever going to create the necessary widespread awareness within the public to slow down and eventually reverse this emergency, it is imperative that we all stop using the term “climate change” and refer instead to “climate destabilization” or “escalating global warming.” It is time for us to stop allowing the clever fossil fuel industry lobbyists to control the conversation by defining the language and ideas about how we think about global warming and the emergency we now find ourselves in.
(All of the preceding and additional information about the escalating warming emergency can be found in the Climageddon book. Get your copy now! Your book purchase helps support the social benefit mission of Job One for Humanity to end global warming.)
What is next?
Click here for Part 1 of the Job one Plan on how to prepare yourself, family and business for the unavoidable 20 worst coming consequences.
Click here for Part 2 of the Job One Plan on the best individual actions to slow and lessen the unavoidable coming consequences.
Click here for Part 4 of the Job One Plan on how we can get the critical actions of Part 3 of the Job One Plan done.
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