July 02, 2015 Categories: Clean Energy Climate Change

For Cora, 2050 is Now

Absent a change in course, scenarios for 2050 predict drought, heat waves.

U.S. can cut greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, study says.

 

These are typical headlines about climate change. 2050 is mind-numbingly distant, so it’s not too surprising that climate change is not at the top of most people’s priority list. After all, there will be nine presidential elections and 34 more seasons of Game of Thrones by then.

 

Well, for me, 2050 just got much, much closer.

 

My granddaughter Cora was born on June 19th, 2015.

 

There is a good chance that in 2050 she will still be driving her first car, if she has one at all. She will most likely be living in a building that has already been built. Power plants that came online before she was born could still be powering her iPhone 40.

 

I don’t want to have to tell Cora that we were too distracted watching House of Cards to build a solid foundation for her future.

 

It takes a long time for energy infrastructure to turnover. Houses, offices, power plants, roads, and pipelines built today will still be affecting carbon pollution emissions in 2050. We have just one chance to get it right.

 

Let’s seize the opportunity—for Cora, and for all of us.

 

 

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