WASHINGTON, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Democrats have issued a bold, new climate crisis plan that commits to “achieving net-negative emissions during the 2nd half of the century.” This is a great first step. While we appreciate their focus on this important goal, we cannot put off net-negative initiatives until 2050: we must begin removing atmospheric CO2 now so that we can be carbon-negative as soon as possible. We can do this by implementing the carbon-removal technologies that are now available and new solutions that are rapidly emerging to remove the trillion tons of excess CO2 in our atmosphere. This is the only way to ensure a habitable planet by 2050.
Even if we achieve net-zero emissions under this plan, 95% of the excess CO2, the main driver of climate change and global temperature rise, will still be in our atmosphere. Climate restoration practices– the technologies designed to safely and permanently remove the excess CO2– need to be our foremost commitment. These practices, done in concert with net-zero initiatives, are essential to any work we do in response to the climate emergency.
About Rick Parnell and the Foundation for Climate Restoration:
Rick Parnell is the CEO of the Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR), a non-profit dedicated solely to restoring the climate to ensure a habitable planet for our youth and future generations. Climate restoration is the safe and permanent removal of the trillion tons of excess CO2 from our atmosphere. F4CR works with entrepreneurs, investors, companies, scientists, faith leaders, governments, NGOs, and citizens globally to advance the use of natural and technological solutions for carbon removal. For more information, visit www.f4cr.org.