A closer look at carbon taxes in/for the U.S. and Canada and what could work

An essay on the subject by Mark Jaccard of Simon Fraser University on Policy Options: When asked which climate policy in Canada reduced the most CO2 emissions over the last decade, many people guess BC’s well-publicized carbon tax. They’re wrong. It was Ontario’s ban on coal-fired power, which reduced annual emissions by 25 megatonnes (MT). Surely, then, BC’s carbon tax must have …

The US Is Paying Big Oil to Keep Fossil Fuels Profitable: Subsidies are keeping “zombie energy” alive

By Stephen Leahy, 3 Oct 2017, on Motherboard  Image: Bureau of Land Management/Flickr ‘Zombie oil’ that ought to stay in the ground is kept alive thanks to federal and state governments in the US feeding it billions of dollars. This is oil consumers don’t need, and that oil companies therefore wouldn’t touch without these subsidies, a new analysis published in Nature …

Corruption Pipeline: How Pipeline Builders Win Big, Whether More Gas Is Needed or Not

Close corporate relationships between pipeline builders and gas buyers are allowing companies to reap higher profits while locking in emissions for years to come. By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, 3 Aug 2017 The real fight over America’s energy future isn’t in coal, despite the Trump administration’s public focus on a mining revival. Rather, dozens of pipeline projects, making up …