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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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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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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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10 Days to tell the State Department #NoKXL (No Keystone XL Pipeline)

From Oil Change International: Keystone XL proponents are lying in order to push the State Department to approve this pipeline.  They say Keystone would help us achieve energy independence but the oil will be shipped overseas. A few weeks back we had a look at the refineries that would receive the oil flowing through the […]

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What is a Carbon Tax?

The Carbon Tax Center: A carbon tax is a tax on the carbon content of fuels — effectively a tax on the carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. Thus, carbon tax is shorthand for carbon dioxide tax orCO2 tax. Carbon and hydrogen atoms are present in every fossil fuel — coal, oil and gas.  […]

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Schultz and Becker Support Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax (WSJ Opinion 4-7-13)

George Schultz, former secretary of state, and Gary Becker, a Nobel Laureate in  Economics write an Opinion piece in Sunday’s Wall Street Journal in support of a carbon tax.  Why? They say that “coupled with the elimination of costly energy subsidies, it would encourage competition.”  They continue: Americans like to compete on a level playing […]

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Imagine $6 trillion spent on energy efficiency and renewables over 50 years instead of the Iraq War

  Mother Jones reports on new estimates of the true 50 year cost of the invasion of Iraq.  The estimated $6 trillion cost is 100 times greater than the “50 to 60 billion” initial estimates by the Bush Administration. Many believe a motive for this invasion was for control of oil production. If that’s so,  […]

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A Letter to Senator Mark Kirk: We need a Carbon Tax

Thanks to fellow Oak Parker, Doug Burke for a thoughtful letter to Illinois Senator, Mark Kirk (R), found in the Chicago Sun-Times print version, April 4. “I am very pleased to see Sen. Mark Kirk’s statement in favor of gay marriage. Both his own statement, and the coverage in the Sun-Times suggest that he was […]

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