Why the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act Is a Big, Awesome Deal

Sightline Daily

We at Sightline are always saying that a well-designed program can hold polluters accountable while transitioning the Pacific Northwest to a clean and prosperous future. Yesterday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee unveiled a package of climate policies, including the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act. First, there are several aspects of Washington’s proposal that would make it truly first in class: 100 percent auctions —no free giveaways to polluters.

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.

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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.

All the World’s Carbon Pricing Systems in One Animated Map

Sightline Daily

Oregon and Washington leaders are contemplating turbocharging their clean energy transition by instituting carbon pricing here in the Pacific Northwest. Will a cap or tax on carbon work? Since you ask: Scandinavian countries have been pricing carbon for more than two decades. The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been pricing carbon for almost a decade. Most cap programs aim to return to their own 1990 levels of pollution within 10-15 years.

Carbon Pricing and Northwest Businesses

Sightline Daily

Many business owners and workers worry that carbon pricing will hurt local economies. They need to know: How would carbon pricing affect businesses and job creation in Washington and Oregon? In particular, how would it affect energy-intensive businesses that compete in national and international markets with companies not yet covered by carbon pricing? Will pricing carbon in the Northwest just send production and carbon pollution elsewhere?

Australia’s outrageously deficient carbon tax entrenches climate change inaction

Green Blog

The Gillard Labor Australian Federal Government has announced details of its Carbon Tax -ETS-Ignore Agriculture (CTETSIA) plan by which it ostensibly proposes to “tackle climate change”. Before considering the details of Labor’s plan one must consider Australia’s position as a world leader in annual per capita greenhouse gas pollution and fossil fuel exports. Thus Australia’s Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution was 1,415 Mt CO2-e in 2009.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).