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‘A predictable price on carbon’


Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, calls for a price on carbon as part of an agenda to deal with climate change.

The world’s top priority must be to get finance flowing and get prices right on all aspects of energy costs to support low-carbon growth. Achieving a predictable price on carbon that accurately reflects real environmental costs is key to delivering emission reductions at scale. Correct energy pricing can also provide incentives for investments in energy efficiency and cleaner energy technologies.

A second immediate step is to end harmful fuel subsidies globally, which could lead to a 5 percent fall in emissions by 2020. Countries spend more than $500 billion annually in fossil-fuel subsidies and an additional $500 billion in other subsidies, often related to agriculture and water, that are, ultimately, environmentally harmful. That trillion dollars could be put to better use for the jobs of the future, social safety nets or vaccines.

With the legislative path seemingly blocked, Barack Obama is believed to be preparing to use the EPA’s regulatory authority to enact new restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions.