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Economics has long been nicknamed the dismal science, and climate
economics can really pile on the gloom and doom. Basically, when individuals act rationally and self-interestedly, in an unrestrained market economy, we pollute the planet to the ...
Not long ago, a gallon of gasoline cost over $3.80. It has now fallen to less than $2 in many areas. Few saw such a decline coming, but it creates an intriguing opportunity to take action on climate
change as well as address transportation needs ...
With oil price
s plunging from more than $100 a barrel last summer to below $50 now, the consequences of a petro-fuelled economy are hitting home—especially in Alberta, where experts forecast a recession. The province’s projected budget surplus ...
Low oil price
s are to be cheered: may they stay low for a long time and decrease even further. Here are five reasons why they are great for our health and that of the planet.
1. The end of fossil fuel subsidies
Our binge on ...
What should U.S. climate
activists be focusing on this coming year? We asked more than a dozen smart folks to give us up to three answers to that question (and some gave us even more).
One big common theme: The need to broaden and ...
Costs of renewable energy have fallen by as much as 75 per cent in the last five years, especially for solar and wind energy.
Over 1,000 delegates, including ministers and government officials, have gathered at the fifth International ...
How much does each ton of carbon
dioxide released into the atmosphere really cost us?
Whether you're a corporate executive penciling out the costs of new emissions-reduction strategies or a government regulator evaluating the feasibility ...
Believe it or not, more than 80% of Canada's economy will soon have a price
That's because Ontario announced it will price carbon
, joining Quebec and British Columbia. Ontario, where 40% of
Canada's population lives, ...
The Ontario government is closing in on a plan to put a price
emissions after nearly seven years of delays.The Liberals have promised to make corporations and consumers pay for burning carbon
– an effective way to battle global ...
There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood leads on to fortune.?Omitted, all the voyage of their life?Is bound in shallows and in miseries.?On such a full sea are we now afloat,?And we must take the current ...
The EU will act decisively to protect its remaining energy intensive industries against the risk of "carbon leakage", the EU Commission’s chief climate
official said on Thursday.
Jos Debelke confirmed that European cement, steel-making ...
In his renowned 1998 study of power and rationality, the Danish social scientist Bent Flyvbjerg concluded: “Power determines what counts as knowledge ... while it ignores or suppresses that knowledge which does not serve it.”
Tony Abbott ...
intensity of Australia's main electricity grid has surged since the end of the carbon tax
, undermining the Abbott government's efforts to cut national emissions.
On an annualised basis, emissions from the National Electricity ...
After a long PR battle between oil industry lobbyists and California’s regulatory agencies, the state’s cap-and-trade program was extended on Jan. 1, on schedule, to cover companies that sell fuel to drivers. That means fuel retailers will have ...
Nissan Leaf owner Will Price
of Eugene doesn't need the network of government-provided electric vehicle charging stations that were installed for motorists like him.
Price drives 14 miles to and from work, which is easily within his ...
Americans want the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases, preferring EPA regulation far more than a carbon tax
or a cap-and-trade program, according to a Harvard political scientist who has conducted a comprehensive survey ...
Emboldened by mounting scientific evidence and shifting poll data, Gov. Andrew Cuomo veered sharply away from America’s conventional wisdom about the wonders of high-volume hydraulic fracturing of shale formations when he banned the practice in ...
At the heart of Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate
-action and state budget plans is a cap-and-trade system that would charge potentially 130 major polluters for their emission of greenhouse gases.
The goal is to make heavy emitters, including ...
Despite a divided state Legislature coming out of the 2014 midterm elections, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) says 2015 is the year for his state to get serious about climate
change."Everyone agrees on the basic proposition" that the ...
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) really wants his state to do something about climate
change, but his legislature hasn’t been cooperative. So now he`s got an ambitious new climate
proposal, and he hopes lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will ...
Another showdown looms in Salem between Big Oil and environmentalists, but this time environmentalists appear to have the upper hand.
Heavy lobbying last year by the Western States Petroleum Association helped stall the state's Clean ...
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon
The proposal was part of a broader package that the ...
Longtime readers will recall how I’ve cited the Talking Heads lyric “same as it ever was” quite often over the years in assessing negotiations aimed at forging a new global agreement on slowing global warming and limiting its impacts. Some ...
change hurts innocent people. It puts ordinary people, who for the most part have not contributed in any way to global warming, at extraordinary risk.
The IPPC’s Climate
Change 2014 Synthesis report makes for sobering reading ...
When the United States and China agreed to a joint climate
change initiative four weeks ago, it left the leaders of two of their major trading partners in an awkward position.
For Australia, its strong growth of recent years has depended ...