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‘Choosing to Succeed’: Business leadership and climate change

‘Choosing to Succeed’: Business leadership and climate change

The quickening debate about how to mitigate and adapt to climate change seldom includes the role of local governments. This is a mistake. Local land-use plans and regulations determine the shape, densities, vehicular travel and buildings that define our human settlements.

Cities, villages, and towns have legal authority to control over 70% of carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas responsible for climate change.

Recently, key international organizations and conventions have recognized the importance of local action. So, too, should area business leaders, following the lead of their national counterparts.

Recently, business leaders from over 300 companies called on the Biden administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States to at least half of 2005 levels by 2030. The letter noted, “A bold 2030 target is needed to catalyze a zero-emissions future, spur a robust economic recovery, create millions of well-paying jobs, and allow the U.S. to ‘build back better’ from the pandemic.”

“Choosing to Succeed: Land Use Law and Climate Control” is the title of a book I published on Earth Day last month. It starts with a description of the countless climate change bubbles popping up in every region of the country. As these bubbles burst, they create an economic crisis that, in the aggregate, will be more damaging than that of the housing bubble of 2008.

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