Target the companies that pollute most

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its third of four planned reports.
This one is on mitigation, or the "human intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases."  There have been many such reports before by the IPCC and others; and many more reports are on their way.  We have no reason to expect this latest IPCC report to galvanize the extensive climate action that's needed. As I have argued, the 25-year track record of the climate movement is one of failure where it matters. Very little has been achieved despite scientists sounding the alarm time after time.

Perhaps adapting the lessons learned from other successful social movements could be a promising path forward?

First, to push forward effective climate action we need to define the target narrowly.  Harmful emissions come from many activities (the power sector, the transportation sector, agriculture, housing and others), and multiple energy sources (coal, oil, gas, land use). This variability contributes to the size of the climate movement (huge) and its propensity to shoot in multiple directions to try and cover oil, gas, coal, construction, transportation, manufacturing, food, travel, waste, e-waste, and many other industries. In reality however, the "market" can be narrowly defined: Ninety companies are responsible for two-thirds of the...

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