As the world gathers in Paris to hammer out a new comprehensive agreement to tackle climate change, the success or failure of that deal will rest to a great degree on the next president of the United States. Regardless of one’s political or economic views, or scientific understanding of the topic, a lot is at stake for the world’s environment and its economy, so our next choice of president matters. Here then is a summary of the candidates “climate IQ” (focused on the leaders in current polls):
In reality, there should be no disagreement at all. The technologies that address greenhouse gas reductions are also massive domestic economic opportunities, especially those applied to renewables and clean fuels; energy efficiency; and waste reduction and reuse. The only real question is whether our next president has a high climate IQ and uses that wisdom–along with nearly 200 nations that will reach an agreement in Paris–to take meaningful action before its too late to avoid the worst environmental and economic consequences.