At a recent event, Bill Frenzel discussed the issues before the new Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, arguing that the members should craft an agreement with built-in triggers to reduce the debt, which would provide the economy with much needed stability.
He also stated that each party is going to have to sacrifice to create a viable deal, with the Democrats needing to cut entitlements and the Republicans needing to include new revenue, and said that the trigger mechanism included in the debt ceiling bill will provide the necessary encouragement for the committee to hit the reduction goals.
[On the politics of climate impacts in the U.S.] The political alignment around climate impacts is almost the exact opposite of the political alignment around emissions control.
[On the geographic distribution of climate impacts in the U.S.] The damages to the Republican-electing congressional districts is almost double what it is for the Democratic-voting districts.
[On Brookings research on climate impacts and human health] When you look at the out years, all of these factors have an impact on what people care about, but the really dominant effect is mortality. Literally, there’ll be climate change killing people.