June 14th, 2020 | by Brad Rouse
We are making great progress, with costs of solar, wind, and batteries continuing their decline. But we are not moving fast enough to turn the tide on human-caused climate change. One study I saw recently said we need to be installing wind and solar at triple the current rate to get to 90% renewable just for electricity by
January 16th, 2020 | by Steve Hanley
Tri State Generating & Transmission serves over 1 million customers in the American West. It announced this week it is closing several coal-fired plants early and building 8 new renewable energy projects in order to transition to 50% renewables by 2024.
December 17th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
The free market mantra is just an excuse for doing nothing about climate change. After the collapse of talks in Spain last week, the German government has announced a new climate plan that includes putting a higher price on carbon.
October 24th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
The IMF says a price on carbon is far more effective than government rules and regulations. It recommends a minimum cost of $75 per ton of carbon dioxide.
August 28th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
New research claims adding a fee on carbon emissions would spur innovation and drive greater efficiency in the energy and transportation sectors.
August 4th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Wood Mackenzie says the switch to renewable energy is going just fine, but decarbonizing other sectors is painfully slow. Its latest report says at the current rate, 85% of the energy used by civilization in 2040 will still come from burning fossil fuels.
January 21st, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
A group of 45 prominent economists have signed a letter advocating that the US adopt a carbon fee program to address the existential crisis of climate change. Will anyone be persuaded by the logic of so many eminent people?
October 30th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Carbon fees are an economically efficient way of including the social cost of carbon emissions into the cost of fuel. The state of Washington and Canada are both moving toward carbon fees to lower their greenhouse gas emissions.
June 5th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
288 of the world's largest investors have written a letter to the G7 leaders, urging them to stop using coal to generate electricity and speed up their actions agreed to in Paris in 2015. A study this week says the world's nations are still subsidizing fossil fuels to the tune of $100 billion a year.
January 16th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
The states of Washington and Massachusetts will consider putting a price on carbon this year, but the success of their plans will depend on how they frame the debate on correcting "untaxed negative externalities."
January 1st, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer
The first carbon tax to reduce the greenhouse gases from imports comes not between two nations, but between two states. Minnesota has passed a measure to stop carbon at its border with North Dakota