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Fast Fix: The List of Companies Preparing for a Carbon Tax Keeps Growing, But . . .

December 6, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Carbon Tax and Companies Preparing

The companies preparing for a carbon tax keeps growing, but whether Congress will act to inspire and refocus America’s economic priorities on cleaner energy future and the new investment and sustainable jobs that come with it seem as bleak as ever.[read more]

Is a Carbon Tax a Sensible Alternative to Subsidies?

December 4, 2013 by Cutter Rolles

Governments around the world stimulate the development of renewables by offering subsidies. But fossil fuels are subsidized too. Given the realities of climate change and increasing global energy demand, a better option could be a carbon tax – which might promote renewables better than any policy.[read more]

Shell Oil Self-Imposes Carbon Pollution Tax High Enough To Crash Coal, Erase Natural Gas's Value-Add

November 25, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Carbon Pricing and Shell

Royal Dutch Shell includes a high price for carbon dioxide when evaluating new projects. The $40 a metric ton price that Shell uses would — if widely adopted — reshape domestic and international energy consumption and investment trends.[read more]

France: Land of Champagne, Cheese, and Carbon Taxes

November 24, 2013 by Jeremy Gottlieb

French President François Hollande presides over a nation that currently gets about 75% of its electricity needs from nuclear sources. He has stated that France will implement a carbon tax to lower polluting emissions and will also be placing a hard cap on the amount of energy from nuclear power.[read more]

Australia's Climate Follies: Abbott Government the Bellwether of Global Carbon Debate

October 30, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Australia and Carbon

Australia’s longest-running tragedy is starting a new season with a new cast, including a newly elected Prim Minister, but it continues on with the exact same and dubiously familiar follies. Of course I am talking about Australian climate policy.[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]

Innovation Before Carbon Pricing

October 14, 2013 by Alex Trembath

Carbon taxes are in vogue. Economists’ predilection for price signals as the universal solution has fused with environmentalists’ impulse to punish Big Oil and Big Coal to make carbon taxes the darling of the climate change debate.[read more]

Australia Elects New Prime Minister, Scraps Old Carbon Tax

September 10, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Australia Elections and Carbon Tax

According to news agencies in Australia, Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott will attempt to repear the carbon tax, instituted by the previous government, which required entities emitting over 25,000 tonnes per year of carbon dioxide to pay a tax per tonne of CO2 emitted.[read more]

On Carbon Taxes and Competition

August 20, 2013 by Bill Chameides

The US and China are talking different languages on reducing carbon emissions. In the U.S., the Obama administration is the name of the game on federal action. As for legislation, I would say there’s a snowball’s chance Congress will pass any climate bill. Anybody care to debate?[read more]

The Right Use of Carbon Tax Revenue? Sorry, There Isn't One

August 5, 2013 by Mark Jaccard

It never ceases to amaze me that some people can be so utterly certain about the right answer to questions that don’t have simple answers. The answer to “What is one plus one?” is simple. The answer to “How should we use carbon tax revenue?” is not. And for good reason.[read more]

British Columbia's Carbon Tax After Five Years

July 30, 2013 by Mark Jaccard

Debates about BC’s carbon tax have generated much heat and little light, a study from the University of Ottawa have just released a good effort to rectify this situation. Comparing fuel consumption before and after the carbon tax, they detect a significant change.[read more]


Rethinking the Role of Carbon Prices in Climate Change Policy

July 29, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Carbon Prices and Climate Change

Efforts to tax or price carbon face political constraints. Thinking creatively about how to design climate policies despite constraints may require us to view carbon revenue as just as important, if not more so, than the price signal established by a politically constrained carbon price.[read more]

Why a Carbon Tax Isn’t In Obama’s Climate Change Plan

June 28, 2013 by Evan Juska

Carbon Tax Politics

President Obama outlined his plan to address climate change. It includes a range of executive actions and regulations that will reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. But one thing it does not include is a carbon tax.[read more]

Collecting and Spending Carbon Emissions Revenue

May 10, 2013 by David Hone

carbon revenue

Whether it is via the auction of allowances or the taxation of carbon emissions, climate policy is increasingly being seen as a source of revenue into the national treasury.[read more]

Energy Demand Reductions Help Slash US CO2 Emissions: A Closer Analysis

May 3, 2013 by Shakeb Afsah

US CO2 emissions

The policy lesson is obvious—real and lasting reductions in CO2 come from economy-wide policy effects, not from the current transient boom in the US natural gas market.[read more]