NYTimes: Pete Buttigieg, the U.S. transportation secretary, wants to focus on ‘saving lives’ rather than saving the planet.
While at the UN climate change summit in Glasgow, Pete Buttigieg emphasized that when discussing climate change, it is important to stress that the work is being done to save lives, not necessarily just the planet. The argument goes that the planet will likely remain when humans are gone, but we need the planet to stay here, thus ‘saving the planet’ is saving us. Buttigieg’s place at the summit was to discuss how to reduce carbon emissions in the transportation sector, which makes up 24% of global emissions. Many of the changes proposed in the new infrastructure package are being looked at to ensure that they are enacted in a way that incorporates climate friendly technology, and does not lead to an increase in emissions. For the full article, click here. For more information on climate change, click here.