hey David what policies actually make the most sense to deal with climate change this is a really good question particularly in the context of the g20 summit and the United States being the only of 20 countries that didn't sign on to the sort of climate change agreement or intent to work on the issue of climate change I think the answer the question properly you really need to divide it up into short term versus long term action on climate change we need some short-term ideas on climate change to serve as like a bridge or a funnel to the long term solution that we ultimately want so number one we need to understand what causes emissions emissions are a big part of what we're trying to ameliorate energy causes huge emissions transportation causes huge emissions animal agriculture significant contributor to emissions manufacturing of stuff a massive contributor to world emissions so let's address some of those with our ideas number one in the short term carbon taxes ok carbon taxes make sense in the short term there is some disagreement among the left as to whether we want revenue-neutral carbon taxes or carbon taxes that will raise revenue which can then be used for whatever right insert here in either case study after study has demonstrated that carbon taxes will incentivize cleaner manufacturing and cleaner transportation period number two we should have targets for X percent renewables by Y date in the future sometimes the targets are unrealistic it'd be great to have realistic but aggressive targets in either case we need to be setting goal posts and trying to reach those goals number three we should reduce the amount of meat that we eat there's really no way around that at this point moving to lab-grown meat is definitely a possibility that might be more palatable to people who eat a lot of meat I am down to eating red meat probably five times a year and eating poultry I don't know maybe once every ten days and beyond that I am tasket Aryan for most of the time we know that this is a good thing and until lab-grown meat becomes a full reality we should be doing that and then we've got to incentivize renewable energy like yesterday I mean right away right now we are subsidizing a lot of the wrong forms of energy fossil fuels oil Trump talks about clean coal trying to revitalize an industry that the free market has clearly shown should be dying coal should be going away completely we do want to incentivize the generation of renewable energy stop incentivizing the continued harvesting of fossil fuels and and this is a controversial part I've gone back and forth on this over the last many years I'm open to open to using nuclear as a bridge to get off of fossil fuels and to renewables but number one takes a long time to get new renewable on board I actually don't know that at this point the timing even makes sense like I'm conceptually open to nuclear as a bridge but given how long it takes to actually start producing new nuclear power I don't even know that the timeline makes sense for us geopolitically this is all really important stuff if we reduce our demand for fossil fuels this weakens the leverage that country's hostile to a half a Venezuela Russia I'm not saying we should never try to have good relationships with these countries I'm merely saying that deleveraging them when it comes to manipulation and control over the oil markets would be a very good thing geopolitically and a very good thing in terms of national security yes there may be short-term pains in terms of gas taxes or other costs that would be part of a long term solution but I think that if we think through it carefully the government can ensure the that those who would be most hurt by a slight uptick in the cost of gas or other fuel energy sources we can mitigate those impacts and I think that we should if I'm missing something here send me your thoughts I want to hear from you