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It’s past time to price carbon

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We are experiencing what feels like an apocalyptic season of extreme weather. Wildfires have burnt through swaths of Siberia, the American West, British Columbia, and the Mediterranean. Unprecedented heat waves have plagued the Northern Hemisphere, leaving ill-prepared communities to suffer. Floods have struck on nearly every continent in recent months, killing nearly 1,000 people worldwide.

Although New Yorkers have dodged the brunt of the trauma, we have witnessed flooded subway stations, a heatwave of our own and a sky turned hazy from toxic, western-borne wildfire smoke.

Scientists have long warned that climate change would make such a scenario likely, but many are surprised by the speed and intensity with which such a future has arrived. Scientists are also in broad agreement that human activity is driving climate change. Specifically, we are responsible for causing the planet to warm as we emit heat-trapping gasses, such as carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere.

The primary source of greenhouse-gas pollution is the combustion of fossil fuels — oil, gas and coal — to produce energy. The average surface temperature of the Earth........

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