Yet another pre-Copenhagen report has been released, this timeÂ jointly from the influential Center for American Progress, the progressive think tank headed by John Podesta, President Clintonâ€™s former chief of staff,Â and the United Nations Foundation, the body founded with Ted Turnerâ€™s $1 billion gift in 1998 to support UN causes and activities.
Meeting the Climate Challenge (PDF) is brief and as punchy as such reports can be. It identifies and focuses on four core elements which it believes can deliver the most immediate effective response to climate change. Importantly, they are attractive in their own right and can be undertaken without delay. The first three, energy efficiency, renewable energy, forest conservation and sustainable land use, between them can achieve up to 75 percent of needed emissions reductions in 2020. And far from being costly the measures would deliver a net savings of $14 billion!Â Â The reportâ€™s source is a Project Catalyst analysis. Renewable energy costs are estimated at $34 billion per year, forest conservation and land use at $51 billion; but energy efficiency measures save a staggering $98 billion per year. Net saving is the result.