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A Climate Change Battleground

A Climate Change Battleground

In our recent blog “A Seat at the Table” we speculated how US actions under Donald Trump would impact the international infrastructure under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In his last days in office, President Obama approved payment of $500 million to the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) established to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions[...]
Energy Efficiency Is Not Enough

Energy Efficiency Is Not Enough

One weapon in the arsenal to reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels is a drive to increased efficiency. Make everything more efficient and we will use less energy. It seems obvious, a KWH saved is some oil that we don't have to dig out of the ground and burn. Just like mom used to say - a penny saved is[...]
Soda Tax, Carbon Tax

Soda Tax, Carbon Tax

I recently saw this opinion piece from Jim Goetz, the president of the Canadian Beverage Association. He thinks that a tax on soft drinks would be a useless way to combat obesity. I suspect that the BS quota in his article is very high, but I agree with his conclusion – don’t tax the end product, soft drinks. I say instead, tax[...]
A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table

In the course of his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised he would rip up the Paris Accord on climate change. Since his election he has stated that he has an open mind on the US involvement in this Agreement. In his Senate confirmation hearings, Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil and Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, stated that it[...]