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US refuses to help Ecuador save rainforest from oil drilling

The Ecuadorian government has a unique proposal, being considered by other developing countries with petroleum reserves.  They ask for financial help that would partially compensate them for the lost income of NOT drilling for oil.  They’re asking for 50% of the  estimated $7.6 billion in oil revenues they would gain from oil drilling. They have […]

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“The carbon tax is one of the best ideas in Washington almost no one in Congress will talk about”– Washington Post Editorial

Excerpts from the Washington Post’s “Opinion” by Editorial Board, May 7, on the elegance and efficiency of a carbon tax: No honest tax reform paper, for example, would be complete without discussion of a carbon tax, an elegant policy Congress could immediately take off the shelf. It would make polluters pay for their own pollution, […]

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Oil Execs see the light on climate change and carbon tax

“As a company we recognize the impact that humans are having on the environment and that CO2 is having an impact on what’s happening in the climate,” ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance said. The leader of one of the world’s largest energy companies said this week that humans are accelerating climate change and the global community […]

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A carbon tax would fix Illinois’s renewable energy mandate problem

Illinois’s renewable energy fund lacks power to fulfill purpose:  customers’ defections to other suppliers; language in Illinois law are hindering investment in green electricity — Chicago  Tribune 5-13-13. Five years ago, Illinois passed legislation requiring electric suppliers to buy more renewable energy such as wind and solar power and then pass those costs on to […]

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Some Conservatives and Climate Scientists Find Common Ground in Carbon Tax

There are small but notable steps in support of a carbon tax by several conservative politicians and economists.  Most recently Schultz and Becker wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal about this.  In 2011, Republican Congressman Bob Inglis wrote for Bloomberg that “some of us” support taxing carbon dioxide emissions. This is catching the […]

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Mortgage Industry Continues to “Like” Energy Efficient Homes

People who are not RESNET/HERS raters may not know that the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) was initiated by the mortgage industry over 2 decades ago to provide a reliable way to measure energy efficiency in homes. Research by the mortgage industry found that energy efficient homes (not labelled as such) consistently sold for more […]

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Chasing Ice — Filming Earth’s Melting Glaciers

If you have not seen the stunning photography in the movie Chasing Ice, you will want to.  It will be released for personal use in DVD form  Sept. 10, 2013, at Amazon.com. A 4 1/2 minute segment of Chasing Ice may be found on YouTube.  In it you will see the largest glacier calving ever […]

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Peak Phosphorus Explained

  We learn  that  1) phosphorus has made the Green (Food) Revolution possible, 2)  70% of it comes from Morocco, 3) under one scenario — use of fertilizer by Africa and use of biofuels worldwide —  there is about a 50 year supply left, 4) all humans need 3 grams of phosphorus in their diets […]

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Dirty Air Trumps Heart Disease as #1 Cause of Death?

A recent study by the World Health Organization comparing 1990 and 2010 statistics has found that the number one killer — heart disease — remains unchanged but that deaths caused by air pollution are rising and likely to surpass those by heart disease soon. From Reuters: A 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) study found that […]

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Sustainable Energy Act and Climate Protection Act — Sanders-Boxer legislation

  Carbon Tax Center: One day after 48 climate protesters were arrested at the White House and three days before what is billed as “the largest climate rally in history,” Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) set a new “gold standard” for transparent, effective climate legislation. Their Climate Protection Act (“CPA”) would impose […]

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