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The Continuing Spread of Carbon Pricing

January 17, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

Carbon Pricing Spread

For my first post this year it seems timely to review progress on implementing carbon pricing around the world. As I’ve previously noted, the spread of carbon pricing during the past decade has been remarkable. It has become a worldwide phenomenon.[read more]


Exploring Microsoft's Carbon Price and Its 5 Steps to Carbon Neutrality

December 30, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Microsoft and Carbon Pricing

The number of companies taking tangible steps to prepare for and prosper in a lower-carbon economy is growing, even absent a national carbon tax or cap-and-trade regime. Their actions speak louder than the hyperbole that advocates are using to argue for and against paying for carbon emissions.[read more]

World Energy Council: We Need Strong & Predictable Carbon Pricing

December 2, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

Carbon Pricing and the WEC

To help push for action at COP 19, the World Energy Council (WEC) recently published a report pushing for what many others — including some prominent Republicans (not the ones in office, unfortunately) — have been pushing for: strong and predictable carbon pricing.[read more]

Carbon Pricing No Panacea

October 16, 2013 by Andrew Leach

Pretty well every economist that you can talk to will agree; if you want to reduce pollution, carbon or otherwise, the most cost-effective way to do so is with a price on the emissions of that which you seek to reduce. It truly is economics 101.[read more]


Allowing Complexity: A Market Response to Climate Change

August 22, 2013 by Cal Abel

Markets and Climate Change

Our energy policy is perhaps best described as going nowhere fast. Many, myself included, see climate change and it's resulting problems as one of the most pressing issues we face. We need to take action. But what action do we take?[read more]

Energy Poverty: We Need to Do So Much More

June 10, 2013 by Sandy Tung

energy poverty

Providing access to clean fuel and electricity is the foundation that enables improvements and developments in health, education and business and provides the key to leaving poverty behind.[read more]

Can a Second Global Carbon Market Emerge?

June 10, 2013 by David Hone

global carbon market

At the very end of May Carbon Expo was held in Barcelona. There were quite a few exhibitors at the Expo hoping for life in the project mechanism market of the current “global carbon market.”[read more]

Uncovering the Real Cost of Carbon

June 5, 2013 by Gernot Wagner

The Social Cost of Carbon is used to estimate the damages from carbon emissions (and the benefits from reducing those emissions) for the purposes of regulatory benefit-cost analyses.[read more]

World Bank Looks at Global Carbon Pricing Systems

June 3, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

global carbon pricing

It’s ironic considering all the attention on the struggles of the EU Emissions Trading System, but today over 40 national and 20 sub-national jurisdictions have either implemented or are considering carbon pricing mechanisms.[read more]

Third California Cap And Trade Auction Sells Out, At Record Price

May 25, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

California cap and trade

California's third carbon allowance auction was held last week, and businesses snapped up all available 2013 permits, setting a record price level in the process.[read more]

Climate Change and the Price of Carbon vs. a Price on Carbon [VIDEO]

May 23, 2013 by Rod Adams

price of carbon

Instead of charging polluters a fee for dumping their carbon dioxide into our shared atmosphere, we are all paying the cost of the consequences of attempting to store about 30 tons per year in our air.[read more]

Can Market Forces Really be Employed to Address Climate Change?

May 28, 2012 by Robert Stavins

Debate continues in the United States, Europe, and throughout the world about whether the forces of the marketplace can be harnessed in the interest of environmental protection, in particular, to address the threat of global climate change.  In an essay that appears in the Spring 2012 issue of Daedalus, the journal of the American...[read more]

Should we be techno-optimists about climate change?

March 9, 2012 by David Hone

Paul Gilding, an independent writer on sustainability and former head of Greenpeace International spoke at TED last week with a talk called “The Earth is Full”. His blog post this week references the talk and argues why we shouldn’t rely on the “techno-optimist” point of view that all will be okay on the night (or in 2050 with regards the level of CO2 in the atmosphere).[read more]

ExxonMobil Looking to Tilt Playing Field in Favor of Natural Gas?

February 2, 2011 by Rod Adams

I just spent the past hour and 9 minutes listening to the ExxonMobile earnings call for the fourth quarter of 2011. The company reported some impressive numbers. Exxon recorded $9.3 billion in net earnings for the fourth quarter and $30.5 billion in net earnings for the year. The company generated $51.7 billion in cash flow and returned...[read more]

With Seconds on the Clock, Democrats May Waste Last Chance for Clean Energy Win

June 30, 2010 by Jesse Jenkins

With the final seconds ticking down on the Congressional clock, President Obama and Senate Democrats emerged from a White House summit with Republican moderates Tuesday still lacking any plan to score a last minute win for clean energy. Wasted opportunity Establishing a price (any price) on carbon pollution through a(n increasingly weak...[read more]