TAG: Carbon emissions

The Norquist Bombshell

Carbon tax swap

Grover Norquist, the influential lobbyist who has bound hundreds of Republicans to pledge never to raise taxes, said a proposed “carbon tax swap”—taxing carbon pollution in exchange for cutting the income tax—would not violate his pledge. This admission may help open the bipartisan dialogue on climate change, given the reluctance (to say the least) of Republicans to have those important discussions regarding the environment. On the heels of the election where the Americans who voted showed a rejection of the status quo environmental policy, it would behoove Republicans to jump on the progressive bandwagon, at least pertaining to reducing the… read more

EU Carbon Emissions Bill

US airlines and EU regulations

The United States Senate unanimously passed a bill in September which will prevent EU carbon emission regulations for airlines from applying to U.S. flights. The European Union has been attempting to apply across-the-board carbon emissions so both domestic and foreign flights abide by the same rules, but this action from the U.S. Senate has escalated pressure on the EU to back down on enforcement. The Emissions Trading Scheme, which contains an overall goal to combat climate change, has been advocated since January by the European Commission, and it requires all airlines to participate. However, it is that requirement which has… read more

Is Cap and Trade Needed?

Cap and trade policy

Cap-and-trade has derailed political discussions and political action regarding environmental and energy policy, and as a result, the necessity of a cap-and-trade policy has been questioned. Simply stated, the answer is fairly straight-forward: cap-and-trade is ineffective in the short-term, at least in the United States, yet critical for long-term emission reduction and responsible energy policy. Negotiations over a cap-and-trade bill in the Senate collapsed in April 2010, leaving a void in environmental policy with responsible energy management legislation. Interestingly enough, even without a cap-and-trade policy established, U.S. carbon emissions continued to drop. Since 2006, the United States has cut its… read more

California Cap and Trade

Cap and trade to reduce carbon emissions

On January 1st, 2013, California will become the first state in the United States to implement a cap and trade program on carbon emissions for companies in the state. Similar to other cap and trade programs, California will set an overall ceiling on carbon emissions and assign allowable emission amounts for individual polluters, and charge for excessive emissions. Portions of the allowances will be allocated to utilities, manufacturers and others, and the remainder will be auctioned off. An interesting component of this cap and trade program is the number of allowances issued by the state will be reduced over time,… read more

Emissions Track The Economy

Emissions Track Economy

According to a recent study released by the International Energy Agency (IEA), CO2 emissions in the United States have experienced the greatest fall since 2006. The study was conducted in a global perspective, comparing developed nations and regions to each other, including the United States, China, Russia, India, and the EU as primary sources. Global fossil fuel emissions increased on the whole, but U.S. emissions managed to drop by 1.7%. This is attributed to an ongoing switch from coal to natural gas, combined with a mild winter which caused less energy demand for heating. Further, there has been a drop… read more

Alternative Energy Travel

Electric and hybrid vehicles

It has been predicted that gas-powered vehicles will be replaced by electric and hybrid modes of conveyance within 50 years. This would be a tremendous benefit to our planet, as well as other areas of everyday life impacted by alternative energy transportation. The importance of these ecologically conducive vehicles in today’s automobile research/development cannot be overstated, and here’s why: Health Benefits- Regional pollution will be dramatically reduced when a growing section of the population switches to EV’s (Electric Vehicles) or hybrid automobiles. Carbon emissions can adversely affect personal health if a driver is in or near a vehicle with poor… read more

No Silver Bullet

No Silver Bullet

According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy, CO2 emissions in the United States have dropped to the lowest levels since 1992. The focus of the analysis done by scientists and journalists has been attempting to discern the reasons for the drop. However, this type of analysis is missing a larger point: efforts to combat the rise in CO2 emissions in the U.S. have worked. Granted, identifying which efforts worked and didn’t work is important for repeating the success, but it cannot be ignored that on a macro-scale, it worked. A combined rise in natural gas usage,… read more

Carbon Tax and its Role

The role of Carbon Tax

The importance of Tax reforms to government fiscal policy cannot be understated, especially given the unfavourable economic climate faced by the global community. One particular area of taxation that requires attention is carbon taxation, and its role in mitigating the impact of greenhouse gases and carbon emissions on our natural environment.  It is a trite fact that carbon emissions emanating from human activity contribute significantly to the rising global temperatures. Formulating a fiscally sound carbon tax could prove invaluable in making inroads geared at addressing the on-going problem that is global warming. Governments have the duty to educate taxpayers on the rationale behind carbon taxation, more… read more

Eco Conscious Travel

Alternative travel to flying

Air travel is one of the most common choices of travel across the world, especially when it comes to linking continents. Yet the aviation industry is one of the worst carbon polluters in the world.  http://www.atag.org/facts-and-figures.html So what other ways can you travel the world, whilst also being eco conscious? When it comes to intercontinental travel, the choice is an easy one. Instead of paying for budget airlines to fly you short distances, how about considering traditional land travel to lower your carbon emissions? There are great options to choose from train and bus travel to car-sharing and it is also a great… read more