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Spill from 5 year old Alberta pipeline kills everything in its path

Texas-based Apache Corp waited from June 1 until June 12 to report a 9.5 million liter toxic spill in Alberta covering 1,000 acres. From Think Progress: The incident comes on the heels of accusations from the provincial New Democratic Party that Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes is withholding the results of an internal pipeline safety […]

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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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US Dept of Energy gives up fight for energy efficient furnace standards

The US Dept of Energy (DOE) announced in April it will not enforce its rule requiring the most common type of residential gas furnaces to adhere to a minimum 90 AFUE (high efficiency) standard beginning May 1, 2013. The American Public Gas Association (APGA) filed a lawsuit against DOE regarding this high efficiency standard for […]

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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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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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Protect Illinois’ Energy Efficiency Building Code — Kill HB1331

There’s a new bill in the Illinois House of Reps, HB1331, which would effectively squash the automatic update to the Illinois Energy Conservation  Code (IECC) and may roll it back. This energy efficiency building code is critical to bring mainstream construction into the 21st century.  Click to join the Illinois Environmental Council in fighting this […]

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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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