"95% consensus of expert economists: cut carbon pollution"

Environmental Economics

The key finding: there’s a strong consensus among climate economics experts that we should put a price on carbon pollution to curb the expensive costs of climate change. The survey participants included economists who have published papers related to climate change “in a highly ranked, peer-reviewed economics or environmental economics journal since 1994.”

Four Charts Show Carbon Pollution Accountability Act is Still Awesome

Sightline Daily

As the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act , now HB 1314 , wends its way through committee hearings, new economic analysis and revised revenue estimates are popping up. It’s still the same pollution-cutting, clean-energy-spurring bill you know and love, but the new numbers show it will send even more money to Washington public schools, and it will also grow jobs. Less pollution, more clean energy, better schools, and more jobs.

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Governors Applaud New EPA Carbon Pollution Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (Photo: Office of Governor Patrick)   From New Hampshire to California to Hawai’i to Montana, Governors across the country are applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever standards to clean up climate disruption carbon pollution. Carbon emissions are linked to respiratory illnesses like childhood asthma, and climate disruption fuels extreme weather events such as super-storms, floods, wildfires, and extreme drought.

Survey Says: Americans want to cut carbon pollution

Sightline Daily

Voters reject the idea that limits on carbon pollution will harm the economy. Voters believe, incorrectly, that the federal government already regulates carbon pollution. A majority of voters (56 percent) incorrectly believes that the government currently regulates carbon pollution, while just 28 percent correctly understands that there are currently no regulations on the amount of carbon pollution power plants can release.

C'mon Chamber! - 5 Utilities That Rejected Attacks on Carbon Pollution Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

The much-anticipated safeguards to clean up carbon pollution from existing power plants have finally been announced , and just as expected, both support and opposition for the protections is all over the airwaves. Even before the Clean Power Plan was proposed, the conservative Chamber of Commerce came out punching with debunked, inaccurate attacks about the plan, claiming we’d see rate hikes and job losses while ignoring the massive economic and public health benefits.

Former Coal Miner to Obama: Set Strong Carbon Pollution Limits on Coal Plants

Sierra Club Compass

The following is testimony from Nick Mullins, a former coal miner from Virginia, given Thursday before the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, DC, on carbon pollution standards. Like many of the men in my family, I worked in the coal mines to support my family and to give my children a better future, but it came at the cost of more than just our battered bodies and polluted lungs.

Are We Undervaluing Nature’s Role in the World’s Growth Story?

Conservancy Talk

A hundred-million-year-old solution During my last few years working on low-carbon innovation in the energy sector, I was struck by the time, effort and many millions of dollars the industry was investing to explore how to engineer a way to capture and store CO2 deep below the earth’s surface. Carbon is half of all living mass. In fact, poor land use is responsible for at least 23 percent of global carbon emissions.

"Scott Pruitt is now waging a war on economics"

Environmental Economics

But these ethical breaches pale in comparison to the real scandal: Pruitt’s sustained effort to help polluting industries by hocking America’s natural environment and public health for a song. Like Pruitt’s war on science, which culminated in a plan to ignore an entire category of scientific studies when measuring environmental risks, his war on economics could erode regulatory protections.

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Is it weird that my mother-in-law claims to know 'my kind of thing'?

Environmental Economics

Families face rising health care costs for asthma attacks and heart problems caused by runaway pollution. Fossil fuel billionaires like the Koch brothers will keep hiding the consequences of their pollution unless there's a firm, scientific, and official cost for their carbon pollution -- and that's exactly what the White House's Office of Management and Budget is working on.

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Carbon tax: Republicans in Democratic clothing?

Environmental Economics

A revenue neutral carbon tax is what you would call a "conservative" economic proposal : Two Senate Democrats sponsored a bill Wednesday to institute an economy-wide tax on carbon dioxide emissions, revenue that would be returned through rebates and tax cuts.   The tax would be charged at $45 per ton of carbon dioxide or equivalent greenhouse gases for coal, oil, natural gas and other hydrocarbons, collected at the place where it is produced or refined.

"Signs Are Promising That Economies Can Rise as Carbon Emissions Decline"

Environmental Economics

The more coal and oil countries burned — and the more planet-warming carbon dioxide they emitted — the higher the economic growth. And so it seemed logical that any policy to reduce emissions would also push countries into economic decline. growth and carbon emissions need not rise in tandem, and that the era of decoupling could be starting. grew but global carbon emissions leveled off. went up over the past 15 years, carbon pollution went down.

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Help design the US's new carbon tax!

Environmental Economics

Waxman, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Representative Earl Blumenauer, and Senator Brian Schatz released draft carbon-pricing legislation and solicited feedback on it from stakeholders and the public.    The legislation would establish the polluter pays principle for dangerous carbon pollution, requiring large emitters to pay for the pollution they emit. How should the carbon fee program interact with state programs that address carbon pollution?

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Climate Brothers (this would be a great show on HGTV. sell your flood prone home at a bargain price or raise it and keep living there)

Environmental Economics

in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and began teaching at Yale. By the late 1970s, when an increasing number of scientists were raising the threat of global warming, Bill wrote a paper proposing a tax on industries and businesses based on the amount of carbon they emitted into the air. Already, more than 30 countries have passed carbon-pricing laws.

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People prefer higher costs

Environmental Economics

Without it, we would have never known that economic incentive-based environmental policy can save money! Imposing an explicit cost on carbon pollution is the best way to put countries on a path toward steep emissions cuts, according to new research by the multilateral Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). carbon tax proposals have very little political traction on Capitol Hill, while cap-and-trade legislation collapsed in Congress in 2010.

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Is it ironic?

Environmental Economics

Inhofe of Oklahoma are among the most vocal Republican skeptics of the science that burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming , but a new study to be released Thursday found that their states would be among the biggest economic winners under a regulation proposed by President Obama to fight climate change. climate regulations have the most to gain in terms of actual economic interest,” said Trevor Houser, an analyst at the Rhodium Group and a co-author of the study.

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The Social Cost of Carbon: How to Do the Math? - NYTimes.com

Environmental Economics

In 2010, 12 government agencies working in conjunction with economists, lawyers and scientists, agreed to work out what they considered a coherent standard for establishing the social cost of carbon. Instead, they decided, all of the agencies would use the same baseline of $21 per ton as the standard in monetizing the social costs of the seven-plus billion tons of carbon generated by American power plants, vehicles and factories each year.

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High Modernism, Metis, and Pigou

Environmental Economics

  Pigouvian neoclassical welfare economics and its policy implications seem like textbook examples of high modernism - technocrats (like me!) are overruling the locals and telling them how the economy ought to be run, at least when it comes to environmental externalities like carbon pollution.  I just finished reading Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott. 

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Pindyck: "If anything, the cost of carbon could be higher"

Environmental Economics

country for each ton of carbon dioxide emitted was $36 in 2007. The number is important because the more costly carbon pollution is deemed to be, the greater. the apparent economic benefits of new environmental regulations. " The article includes comments by economists Robert Pindyck and William Nordhaus about the estimates of the economic cost. of carbon emissions. Advanced ) Why the estimate of the cost of carbon emissions important to the.

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"Governments Await Obama’s Move on Carbon to Gauge U.S. Climate Efforts"

Environmental Economics

This was in today's emailed headlines from the NYTimes: President Obama is expected to announce on Monday an Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s fleet of 600 coal-fired power plants, in a speech that government analysts in Beijing, Brussels and beyond will scrutinize to determine how serious the president is about fighting global warming. Which Monday? Yesterday? This coming Monday?

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New Climate Protection Standards and Walmart Moms on Strike: Coincidence or Timely Convergence?

Sierra Club Compass

Like the long overdue carbon pollution standards coming out the same week moms go on strike against Walmart in dozens of cities across the country. We have to reduce the carbon pollution that is threatening the viability of human civilization by disrupting our climate, and we have to create and keep good jobs as we do it. Funny how the universe works sometimes.

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High Modernism, Metis, and Pigou

Environmental Economics

  Pigouvian neoclassical welfare economics and its policy implications seem like textbook examples of high modernism - technocrats (like me!) are overruling the locals and telling them how the economy ought to be run, at least when it comes to environmental externalities like carbon pollution.  I just finished reading Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott. 

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s Lose-Lose Move for New Jersey

Sierra Club Compass

On Monday, Christie again took the path of big polluters by pulling New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) - an innovative and proven program in which northeastern states are working together to reduce carbon pollution while boosting the clean energy economy. So, Republicans with national ambitions like Christie are positioning themselves now to be on the side of polluters. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (Photo: Bob Jagendorf).

"President’s Drive for Carbon Pricing Fails to Win at Home"

Environmental Economics

We heart carbon pricing, wish everyone did: President Obama stood in the chamber of the United Nations General Assembly last week and urged the world to follow his example and fight global warming. But a major new declaration calling for a global price on carbon — signed by 74 countries and more than 1,000 businesses and investors — is missing a key signatory: the United States. On carbon pricing, there’s a perfect storm taking place,” said Robert N.

I knew nothing about "the obscure effort to amend the Montreal Protocol"

Environmental Economics

HFCs are just a small percentage of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, but they function as a sort of supercharged greenhouse gas, with 1,000 times the heat-trapping potency of carbon dioxide. Over all, the deal is expected to lead to the reduction of the equivalent of 70 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — about two times the carbon pollution produced annually by the entire world. On the surface the economics seem sound.

I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony

Environmental Economics

Their position is at striking odds with the longstanding argument, advanced by the coal industry and others, that policies to curb carbon emissions are more economically harmful than the impact of climate change. The bottom line is that the policies will increase the cost of carbon and electricity,” said Roger Bezdek, an economist who produced a report for the coal lobby that was released this week.

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Horse before cart

Environmental Economics

Benefit estimation becomes politically important, get ready for "junk science" attacks: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans told administration officials they’re “troubled” by a recent change to the way agencies calculate benefits from carbon regulations. The lawmakers say they’re concerned the higher “social cost of carbon” authorized by the Obama administration will be used to justify more aggressive greenhouse gas emission rules.

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Civilization without destruction

Conservancy Talk

All of the panelists are advocating for change in how we get better at decoupling economic growth from environmental damage. TNC’s Global Managing Director of Lands Justin Adams talks at COP 21 about nature’s ability to mitigate at least 20% of global carbon pollution. Because my role is focused on the world’s land-based resources , I want to briefly explain how we are working to unlock that important 20% of carbon mitigation.

Are CO2 emissions a normal or inferior good?

Environmental Economics

  If CO2 reducing policies result in diminished economic growth, and if CO2 emissions are inferior, then the reduced income due to reduced growth will put pressure on CO2 emissions to rise, potentially countering some of the direct decrease in emissions caused by the policy itself.   Delegates from nearly 200 nations attending major talks in South Africa are struggling to make progress towards tougher steps to curb soaring carbon pollution.

Talking Carbon Taxes, Free-Enterprise Style

Sightline Daily

Photo Credit: Orin Zebest via Compfight cc What’s the best way to make a case for a carbon pollution tax to conservative audiences? Just listen to the outspoken conservatives who favor a tax on carbon pollution. Again and again they talk up carbon pricing with the familiar language of the market, calling for a level playing field and accountability for the true costs of energy, and touting the enormous opportunity in homegrown, free-enterprise energy solutions.

A Tale of Two Policies: House GOP Launches 500th Attack on Environment As President Celebrates Climate Action Anniversary

Sierra Club Compass

Centered around new standards that will clean up carbon pollution from power plants for the first time, the plan is expected to  reduce climate disrupting carbon pollution by 30%  within the next 15 years.   And the plan makes economic sense too. But they also hadn't always stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the same fossil fuel polluters who have been spending millions on their political campaigns.

A Toxic Assault in the Senate

Sierra Club Compass

 And instead of giving the bill a fair shake on the floor, big polluters and some in the Senate are waiting in the wings to hijack the bill with a cadre of toxic amendments. Take a look at what’s being considered: An amendment to block the first-ever protections from climate-disrupting carbon pollution from new and existing coal-fired power plants. That’s real money coming out of our econom. It started off innocently enough.

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Climate Costs are real - Just Ask ExxonMobil

Sierra Club Compass

The costs of healthcare costs related to asthma and asthma attacks spurred by carbon pollution and smog are skyrocketing, currently at more than $50 billion a year and rising. In fact, they are expecting that they will have to pay a corresponding price for the carbon pollution they emit that makes our climate crisis worse and creates these costs for families in the first place.

Securing a Positive Climate Legacy

Sierra Club Compass

Our world faces an unprecedented environmental, social, and economic challenge-- climate disruption. Using publicly available data already gathered by federal agencies, the report, Dirty Fuels, Clean Futures (PDF) , calculates the potential carbon dioxide emissions from dirty fuel development proposals. He can bolster his National Climate Action Plan and secure the progress that his administration has made in reducing domestic carbon emissions.

Solar Momentum in The Sunshine State

Sierra Club Compass

Clean energy solutions that don’t emit the toxic carbon pollution fuelling the climate crisis are on the rise and spurring economic growth across the country. Crist has the right idea, taking an example from states across the nation that are amping up on solar and wind jobs and transitioning from dirty fuels that pump out carbon pollution and only make our climate crisis worse. 

Congressional Voices Say Keystone XL Fails President’s Climate Test

Sierra Club Compass

Waxman and Whitehouse stated: "We urge the State Department to do a better job in analyzing the effect that Keystone XL would have on the development of the Canadian tar sands and the additional carbon pollution that would result, as well as the effect that Keystone XL would have on the quantity of carbon pollution produced by the U.S. Photo courtesy of www.whitehouse.senate.gov. By Kate Colarulli, Beyond Oil Campaign Associate Director.

Three thoughts better kept to myself on cap-and-trade in China

Environmental Economics

The move to create a so-called cap-and-trade system would be a substantial step by the world’s largest polluter to reduce emissions from major industries, including steel, cement, paper and electric power. Under a cap-and-trade system, a concept created by American economists, governments place a cap on the amount of carbon pollution that may be emitted annually. Companies can then buy and sell permits to pollute.

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Who's Afraid of a Carbon Rule?

Sierra Club Compass

Environmental Protection Agency in the ‘80s, we sued a company that had been polluting a Maine river for years. Back then, EPA calculated penalties based on theamount of money a polluter saved by ignoring the requirements of the Clean Water Act. The idea was to take away the economic benefit of pollution so that companies would make out better by installing treatment systems than by imposing their toxic waste on the community.

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All You Need to Know About BC’s Carbon Tax Shift in Five Charts

Sightline Daily

When British Columbia enacted a carbon tax shift in 2008, many thought other jurisdictions would follow soon with their own ways of cashing in their carbon. Seven states and four provinces were working out the details of a huge carbon cap-and-trade market called the Western Climate Initiative. Candidates Barack Obama and John McCain were campaigning for president with promises of clean energy on the double quick; Senator Obama even pitched carbon pricing in his stump speech.

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The EPA's Clean Power Plan: A Chance to Get it Right for Workers, Communities, and our Climate

Sierra Club Compass

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed its Clean Power Plan, the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. That''s because the EPA has structured the plan to give each state, or groups of states, enough time to comply in a way best suited for their local economies, meaning they can create their own plans to protect existing jobs and spur the creation of new ones all while reducing pollution.

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Latino Voters, Environmentalists at Heart

Sightline Daily

Smog and air pollution also rank higher than immigration. Latino voters (91 percent) put “the economy, jobs and economic recovery” as a top priority, but 6 in 10 believe that stronger environmental laws would improve economic growth and create new jobs. 83 percent of Latinos think the US should require power plants to reduce carbon emissions. Asked a similar question, just 55 percent of American voters overall said pollution of drinking water was a concern.

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Great Climate News from the Pacific Coast

Sierra Club Compass

Among the announcement of the 150th coal plant closing in the United States, the IPCC’s r eport about the human cause of climate disruption, and the EPA’s first-ever protections against carbon pollution from new power plants comes another environmental victory. California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia know that cutting pollution leads to a healthier environment and a stronger economy,” Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) said in a statement.

Dump the Pump Day: What Do Transit and Clean Energy Have in Common?

Sierra Club Compass

billion gallons of gas and 37 million metric tons of carbon pollution each year while creating jobs for transit workers and operators along with the people who build, fix, and maintain our transit systems - not to mention transit as an economic catalyst in and of itself. The clean energy economy is shaking up the system - 74 percent of all new power generation in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2014 came from solar , and public transit ridership continues to soar.

10 Reasons to Shop Local

The Green Changemakers

Shopping locally is important for environmental sustainability as well as economic sustainability. You are also travelling less and requiring less things to be shipped meaning less carbon, pollution and traffic congestion. Local First an organization aimed at promoting sustainabile economic devolpment in the greater Grand Rapids, MI area. Local Economic Stimulus. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

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