Carbon Tax – Ready For Polite Society?

For some time now I have had the sense that the concept of Carbon Tax is becoming a more acceptable dining room conversation topic, so yesterday I decided to poke around the web to see what I could see. While I didn’t find direct proof that there’s more than last year, I  certainly found no shortage of interesting, provocative commentary and I am now comfortable talking about it with anyone.

It seems obvious to me that if we want to discourage the use of fossil fuels we should increase the price. The generic name for this idea is a Price on Carbon. This includes Carbon Tax and Cap & Trade, but what do these mean? Many commentators justify the tax saying that it addresses the cost of the damage done by burning carbon.

The simplest description of a Carbon Tax that I found was by James Hansen:  1) A fee is charged at the point of origin or point of import on greenhouse gas emitting energy (oil, gas and coal).  2) The fee is progressive (increases gradually) over time.  3) The fee is returned to the public. Read his full description of what it is, why it will work, and why the Climate Lobby prefers to call it Fee and Dividend.

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It’s Getting Warmer. Does it matter?

In the first two articles in this series we have shown that global warming is reality and that humans are causing it. Once that is accepted we are faced with questions like “Does it matter?” or “Will it be better?” It does matter and it’s going to be worse, not better. Let’s start with Sea Level …

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Global Warming – Are Humans the Cause?

In last week’s article we concluded that increased CO2 in the atmosphere is the dominant cause of Global Warming. This week we present the simplified reality that the increased CO2 comes from humans. You may hear other plausible sounding sources for CO2 and other plausible sounding causes for Global Warming such as solar activity, volcanoes, orbital …

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Global Warming? Climate Change? What’s the difference?

I’m recently back from a training session with The Climate Reality Project at which an important part of the message was Al Gore exhorting us to “win the conversation“. By this he means that we must challenge those who deny the reality of the climate crisis. To meet this challenge we need to be comfortable …

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