Why the US Looks Back 17 Years to Set Its Climate Goals

A story in CQ Roll Call gets Billy Pizer's perspective on how to measure climate ambition.

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Date

Feb. 10, 2022

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Media Highlight

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CQ Roll Call

Experts wrestle over how to measure climate legacy and ambition. 

National emissions. Global emissions. Per capita emissions. Carbon prices. Baselines. They’re all useful yet flawed metrics.

“At some level, what you really want to do is sit there and ask, ‘Well, how hard is the country trying?’” said Billy Pizer, a researcher at the nonpartisan Resources for the Future. “I think of effort as cost, and that’s really what you would like to see.”

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