The New York Times on Aug. 5 published “Losing Earth: The decade we almost stopped climate change. A tragedy in two acts.” by Nathaniel Rich.
In the 1980s, a global consensus of government officials, carbon industry leaders, political parties and scientists acknowledged a future climate change tragedy due to carbon dioxide emissions and realized the need to reduce carbon emissions with a carbon tax. In June 1988, U.S. Sen. Timothy Wirth, 12 Democrats and five Republicans introduced a bill ordering a plan the for reduction of carbon energy use by 2 percent per year through 2005 and directing the CBO to calculate the feasibility of a carbon tax.
In April 1989, U.S. Sen. George Mitchell with a bipartisan group of 23 other senators asked President George H.W. Bush’s administration to cut carbon emissions. During the 1988 presidential campaign, Bush an as the environmental president and said he would combat the greenhouse effect with the White House effect.
We did not act nationally or internationally on either a reduction of carbon emissions or a carbon tax.
Source : http://www.capitalgazette.com/opinion/letters/ac-ce-letters-20180827-story.html199