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Will Andrew Yang's climate plan save the planet?

Andrew Yang's climate change plan does not shy away from reality. In his five-pronged approach, the entrepreneur-turned presidential candidate is clear: the world should have started battling climate change decades ago. Yang's plan tackles climate change from a deeply scientific and economic perspective, and many fans laud the plan for its broad approach. Still, others argue the plan lacks realism in certain areas. Could Yang's plan be what the world needs?

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Yang's five-pronged approach includes: 

  1. Updating America's infrastructure and building a sustainable economy
  2. Leading the charge on creating a sustainable world
  3. Moving people to higher ground (yes, literally)
  4. Reversing existing damage 
  5. Passing a constitutional amendment that requires federal and state governments to be "stewards for the environment"

In his opening statement, Yang calls readers to action: 

We need to come together and get back to what America is all about – innovation, hard work, and solving the biggest problems the world is facing.

Through these words and more, Yang makes clear he understands the economic impact of climate change and the stakes should we fail. But, Yang also makes clear there are few silver bullets when it comes to climate change. No solution is perfect, and the best the country can do is be as expansive and aggressive as possible in its actions. If you would like to read Yang's full plan, click below: 

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Yang commends the Green New Deal for sparking a national conversation around action to fight climate change. When it comes to backlash against the Green New Deal, the self-identified "numbers guy" isn't letting complaints of "wasted dollars" get by him. He writes

Why do so many people believe moving to a sustainable economy will have such a negative impact on our economy and individual budgets, then? Because of the oil companies. They’ve been making trillions of dollars for generations, externalizing all the costs to the world while burying reports on climate change and lobbying against climate legislation. When you’re pulling in trillions of dollars, a few hundred million on lobbying and false advertisements is a drop in the bucket.

Yang kicks off his plan by promising to end subsidization of oil companies, thus cutting off the influence of oil executives and lobbyists. Without acknowledging this truth, other climate-change plans cannot hope to make much progress. 

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Yang is able to educate while also stinging together multiple pieces of the climate and economy puzzle. Yang writes that the system of measuring economies by gross domestic product and the stock market (and companies by profitability) is "imperfect at best, and terrible at worst." He expands:

The creator of the GDP stated, when he came up with it, that it doesn’t reflect the full story, missing the value of raising children and ignoring actual wellbeing. And the Friedman Doctrine, stating that corporations have a moral responsibility to maximize profits, has resulted in these businesses externalizing many costs – especially environmental ones.

Yang's plan may be longer than your average article, but it creates context while setting up steps for change. This is vital if the country has any hope of moving forward with a set of solutions; understanding is paramount.

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Yang is a true entrepreneur and does not shy away from bold, world-changing ideas. One such idea found in his plan is geoengineering, or the large-scale "intervention" of Earth's climate systems. Yang proposes geoengineering methods to combat the damage that has already been done to the environment, such as melted glaciers and accumulated greenhouse gases. Yang writes:

...we should investigate geoengineering in case we can’t change our behaviors fast enough to ward off the worst of climate change. We also don’t fully understand our planet and climate, and we could hit a tipping point that would warrant more immediate and extreme action on a faster timeline.

Geoengineering proposals include more benign ideas like afforestation (or planting more trees) to seemingly-outrageous options like creating space mirrors (in Yang's words: "Yes, space mirrors"). Yang's remarkable ideas for geoengineering leave many hesitant about his plan overall.

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Others are nervous about Yang's proposal to ramp up nuclear energy. Yang's plan aims to combat disinformation when it comes to nuclear power, saying the public's view of the energy source is often skewed by TV shows like HBO's "Chernobyl." But, Yang writes

With modern reactors, safety is drastically increased, and nuclear waste is drastically decreased. After the completion of the Manhattan Project, America explored the option of using thorium as a potential source for civilian nuclear power. 

Despite outstanding public apprehension when it comes to nuclear energy, the Verge's Justine Calma reports even some environmental activists are not on board with the idea:

Some environmental activists have criticized these Yang-approved ideas on the grounds that they don’t wean the US off of fossil fuels or address the public health concerns connected with oil, gas, and uranium supply chains. “For us, the best way to deal with climate crisis is to reduce the amount of carbon emissions instead of putting on a Band-Aid approach,” says José Bravo, executive director of the Just Transition Alliance, a coalition of environmental justice and labor organizations.
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