Repeal Fuel Economy Standards and Replace Them with a Tax

Repeal Fuel Economy Standards and Replace Them with a Tax

The Wall Street Journal reports that automakers are asking the EPA to repeal automobile fuel economy standards, known as Corporate Average Fleet Economy (CAFE) standards, which are set to rise to 56 miles per gallon by 2025. Repealing the standards would be a good idea, provided they were replaced by tax designed to achieve an […]

The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends: A Bad Marriage of Two Good Ideas?

The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends: A Bad Marriage of Two Good Ideas?

As a firm supporter of both carbon taxes and a universal basic income (UBI), you would think that I would be thrilled by the new report, The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends, released Wednesday by the Climate Leadership Council (CLC).  It puts a price on carbon like a good carbon tax should, and it gives […]

Is Global Climate Change Good for Business?

Is Global Climate Change Good for Business?

In addition to increasing temperatures and rising sea levels, global climate change represents a complex exercise for the great majority of businesses, which must frame the meaning, the costs, and the business and investment opportunities associated with this ongoing phenomenon. For a large number of companies, action on climate change is embedded in some version […]

The Market for Climate Resilience: Hidden in Plain Sight?

The Market for Climate Resilience: Hidden in Plain Sight?

Households, businesses, and communities everywhere are vulnerable to a growing array of risks related to climate change. These risks arise as a result of climate variability, caused primarily by the long-term emission of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide. Climate risks are manifold: floods, drought, extreme winds, heat waves, sea level rise, invasive pests, and wildfires, […]

Are Stars Aligning for Clean-Energy Financing?

Are Stars Aligning for Clean-Energy Financing?

photo: Maryland GovPics How sovereign and hybrid funds may help address climate change  One of the biggest bangs at the opening day of the Paris COP21 climate summit was without doubt the dual financing announcements by the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, led by Bill Gates and other high-net worth individuals, and the Mission Innovation, whose signatory governments have […]

Is a Massive Earthquake Inevitable in Oklahoma?

Is a Massive Earthquake Inevitable in Oklahoma?

photo: Simon Fraser University When Americans speak of “the big one,” they’re talking about the potential for a super-massive earthquake that could essentially destroy most of quake-prone California. Now some scientists believe something similar could happen in the once geologically placid Oklahoma. Oklahoma was shaken late Wednesday night by two of the strongest earthquakes to hit […]

Why and How Progressives Should Talk with Conservatives about Climate Change

Why and How Progressives Should Talk with Conservatives about Climate Change

photo: Lisa Murray Can liberals and progressives talk to conservatives about climate change? Some on the left say, “No.” They have the idea that it is a waste of time to bring conservatives into the discussion—conservatives have nothing to contribute, and they are all deniers anyway. I disagree. Here is why I think discussion of the […]

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