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Climate change — Mitigation and Adaptation

Eliot Daley’s Opinion  at New Jersey Times, in which he urges all to join  CCL! Hey, I’m all in favor of helping fellow human beings in distress, but… But? There’s a “but”? Yep. Here’s the thing. When I was studying theology in a seminary many years ago, one professor reflected on the well-known biblical story […]

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Carbon tax: Impressive Results in British Colombia

The Guardian’s  Climate Consensus: the 97%: In 2008, British Columbia implemented a carbon tax, with the revenue returned to citizens through lowered income taxes. A new peer-reviewed study examines the data through 2012 to see how British Columbia’s emissions and economy have fared, and the results are impressive. Consumption of taxed fuels per capita has […]

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Sustainable Transportation: Ecuador

In the small country of Ecuador — roughly the size of Colorado — its 15 million people appear to be very mobile despite using 11 times fewer vehicles (cars, buses, trucks, commercial vehicles) per person than we do in the US.   The US has 797 vehicles per 1000 people, compared to 71 vehicles in Ecuador.  […]

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Get Active, Join CCL: NYTimes Article on CCL (Citizen’s Climate Lobby)

Excerpt from NY Times May 29,2013: Lobbying for the Greater Good: Earlier this month, scientists reported that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached 400 parts per million. It’s an alarming milestone, to be sure, but, alas, there is no shortage of dire warnings about global warming. What is lacking is the […]

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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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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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A carbon tax is not a tax increase? How?

  The Carbon Tax Center: A carbon tax should be revenue-neutral. Revenue-neutral means that little if any of the tax revenues raised by taxing carbon emissions would be retained by government. The vast majority of the revenues would be returned to the public, with, perhaps, a very small amount utilized to mitigate the otherwise negative […]

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