Welcome to the audio archive & slides for the first chunk of our green finance summit "How To Save The Planet on A Budget". This first session focuses on carbon: 

1. Carbon: Pricing It, Taxing It + Trading It, Moderated by Gernot Wagner
Featuring: Janet Peace, Lee Thiessen, Lucas Merrill Brown

1. Carbon: Pricing It, Taxing It + Trading It, Moderated by Gernot Wagner
Featuring: Janet Peace, Lee Thiessen, Lucas Merrill Brown

The discussion begins with Janet Peace breaking down the need for carbon regulation more clearly than I have ever heard it explained before. Then, Lee Thiessen moves into a discussion of carbon regulation in British Columbia. His segment is fascinating to contrast with domestic US carbon policy. Thiessen's BC sounds magical- a place where the harm posed by climatic degradation and the protection of future generations are political platforms. It's also interesting to see another model of how a carbon tax was instituted; he describes gradual deployment, welcome revenue during the recession, and the surprising falloff of revenue when businesses adapted to produce less carbon. Finally Lucas Merrill Brown describes the EU-ETS trading scheme's triumphs and tribulations. The EU ETS after all is a market, and is thus subject to manipulation and fraud, however also like a market generates important revenue for participating nations. It's a wonderful talk- listen in! 

 

Listen to the audio: (length 1:10:57)

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