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Realities, demographics and policy all point to pricing carbon dioxide

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🗞️ Driving the news: Advocating for climate action from a right-of-center perspective in America is compared to running a challenging Congressional race. Success hinges on external factors, akin to finding and riding a wave to victory.

🔭 The context: Three key 'waves' are identified in promoting climate action: the undeniable reality of climate change, shifting demographics favoring action among young conservatives, and influential policy developments like the European Union's carbon tariff

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The increasing impact of climate change is undeniable, with rising temperatures, droughts, and intense storms
• Young conservatives' growing demand for climate action signals a significant shift in the political landscape.

⏭️ What's next: U.S. policies are beginning to reflect this shift. Acts like the PROVE IT Act and the Foreign Pollution Fee Act indicate a growing recognition of climate issues in U.S. policy, potentially leading to broader climate action initiatives

💬 One quote: "It’s rock-solid conservatism to talk about internalizing negative externalities, and carbon border adjustment mechanisms can answer the legitimate question of fellow conservatives: how do you get the world 'in' on solving climate change."

📈 One stat: 81% of Republicans aged 18 to 44 view climate change as a current severe threat or anticipate worsening conditions in the future

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