“Read this great 528-page report on how to solve the climate crisis!” Hell no!

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There are all these lengthy, important reports we should read about fixing climate change. If you are like me, you want to know what’s in them, but I don’t want to read them. Here is a case in point: “Solving the Climate Crisis”, a report from the Majority Staff of a House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. It came out last June and it is 528 pages long.

Most of you are probably thinking, if I have to choose between reading that report or Fatty Arbuckle’s biography, Barnes and Noble here I come.

So, I’m going to help you out. I’m going to reduce the report to from 528 pages to 528 words.

Before I begin, I want to tell you why the report is important. It illustrates the scope of the problem and the potential solutions. Climate Change is difficult to get your arms around. It is a vast existential threat that will require the commitment of vast global resources and political commitment to thwart. Knowing how all the moving pieces fit together will help us understand and support policy changes that are going to be recommended.

Ready? Here’s all we have to do to fix up Mother Nature and get back to a balanced carbon cycle that will save us from societal collapse and/or extinction. (If you want, read the section titles in bold type first and then go back to review the breakdown.)

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Invest in Infrastructure to Build a Just, Equitable Clean Energy Economy

Breakdown: Build cleaner Electricity Sector / Build cleaner transportation sector / Upgrade buildings for efficiency and elimination of emissions / Invest in water infrastructure / Protect telecommunications from climate impacts / Cut pollution from oil infrastructure

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Drive Innovation and Deployment of Clean Energy and Decarbonization Technologies

Breakdown: Support decarbonization technology / Accelerate financing for climate change mitigation / Expose climate-related risks to private capital and shift assets towards climate-smart investments