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California's first year of its cap-and-trade program is a success

2013 A Promising Start for California’s Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program

The value of carbon emissions allowances on California’s pioneering Cap-and-Trade Program totaled over $1 billion in its first full year of operations and brought in close to half-a-billion in revenues for the state treasury.

Implementing a carbon tax is no longer a pipe dream but understood as a coming - and much needed - reality

All I Want for Christmas is a Price on Carbon

As 2013 winds down, there are promising signs that we may actually see a price on carbon in the U.S. In 2010, the cap-and-trade bill was killed in the Senate by the fossil fuel industry’s ubiquitous misinformation campaigns. However, a confluence of events have renewed hopes that we may yet see carbon pricing legislation that could significantly reduce U.S. carbon…

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The first cap-and-trade carbon credit auction under California's Global Solutions Act is deemed a success

Cap-and-Trade a Reality in California

The concept of a cap-and-trade CO2 throttling system is not new, or without widespread support.  However it has been slow to catch on with the Federal government, and slightly faster with state governments. The system is widely used in Europe, as are many global warming driven initiatives. There is no price for the right to pollute in the U.S., except…

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How to engage U.S. conservatives on climate change - relate it to their own values and beliefs

Three Approaches to Engaging U.S. Climate Deniers

How do we reach the large minority of Americans that continue to resist the facts about climate change? One way to encourage behavior change may be to work within the belief system of climate deniers. We may even need to employ a communications strategy that ignores climate change altogether. There are a significant number of Americans who are not acting to…

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A carbon tax is a more viable solution than cap-and-trade

A Carbon Tax is More Viable than Cap and Trade

Pricing carbon is the cornerstone of a blueprint to contain climate change as it would provide both incentives and disincentives to reduce emissions. It would also drive investment and research dollars into renewable energy and efficiency. The best thing that governments can do to reduce emissions is to implement a cap and trade scheme or failing that, a carbon tax. Cap…

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Climate Change, US Debt and Deficits: House Reps Urge Congressional Colleagues to Put a Price on Carbon

US House representatives are once again urging Congressional colleagues to establish a price on carbon. Doing so offers the best possible path forward in dealing with several urgent issues facing the US: government debt, deficits, the economy and the environment, they assert.

Putting a Price on Carbon

Despite conspicuous resistance from the U.S., governments around the world are putting a price on carbon. Emissions trading has increased dramatically in the last five years and over the next five years the trading of carbon emissions is expected to become the world’s largest commodity market. The provisions for international emissions trading were introduced with the establishment of the Kyoto Protocol….

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