The 5 most important questions about carbon taxes, answered: A carbon tax can lower emissions, but it needs to be high

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated Jul 23, 2018 Carbon taxes are in the news these days. In recent months, not one but two conservative national carbon tax proposals have emerged, disrupting the usual partisan dynamic on climate policy. First there was the proposal from the Climate Leadership Council, a group of (mostly older, retired) Republicans and centrists, which was released last year but recently gained the backing of a …

Judge: Atlantic Coast pipeline failed to assess the health impacts the project would have on minorities, as required under federal law.

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, May 18, 2018 A federal court has invalidated a key permit for the Atlantic Coast pipeline project that would carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Now civil rights advocates are working to build their environmental justice case in hopes of further stymying the project. Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images A federal court has invalidated a …

The Public Has Been Ignored for Too Long on Pipelines: The government’s own watchdogs agree: Regulators have been ignoring local communities and siding with industry way too often.

By Todd Larsen, June 29, 2018 In school, we’re taught that the U.S. is a nation of laws, and no one is above the law. But for communities nationwide fighting natural gas pipelines, they quickly find that the law is stacked against them. Imagine receiving notice one day that a pipeline is going to cut through your property — maybe just …

Some Rare Good Climate News: The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Weaker Than Ever

By Bill McKibben, Grist, 24 June 18, From Wall Street to the pope, many increasingly see fossil fuels as anything but a sure bet. That gives us reason to hope f you’re looking for good news on the climate front, don’t look to the Antarctic. Last week’s spate of studies documenting that its melt rates had tripled is precisely the kind of data that …

End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds: As battery costs decline, researchers say localized portfolios of clean energy could challenge gas plant investments.

Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, June 11, 2018, End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds: As battery costs decline, researchers say localized portfolios of clean energy could challenge gas plant investments.  The U.S. power mix is rapidly changing, but utilities still want the same thing — a resource mix that delivers the most reliable and safe …

What’s a public bank? States or municipalities use reserves for a public mission and the needs of the public it represents, such as local investments and local businesses

https://youtu.be/xiYaEIwbwbg VIDEO: An Introduction to Public Banking, by In Context Report (7:23) A Public Bank is a chartered depository bank in which public funds are deposited. It is owned by a government unit — a state, county, city, or tribe — and mandated to serve a public mission that reflects the values and needs of the public that it represents. In existing and proposed US …

Costa Rica’s New President Vows ‘Emancipation’ From Dirty Transport

Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the president-elect of Costa Rica, plans to continue the country’s extraordinary stewardship of the environment with a pledge to decarbonize its transportation sector. On Sunday, he promised that one day Costa Rica will “celebrate its emancipation from petrol and diesel in the transportation system, replacing them with clean energy,” Climate Change News quoted him saying. “That transformation would be the ‘abolition of the army’ …

Fossil fuel companies risk wasting trillions in continued spending, especially on mid and higher cost projects

Energy groups risk wasting $1.6 trillion of investment by assuming that current emissions-cutting policies will not be tightened up in the light of the latest science and international climate change goals, according to the think tank Carbon Tracker. In a new report, Mind the gap: the $1.6 trillion energy transition risk, it warns that there is “a yawning gap” between the …

Electric vehicles are cleaner than combustion vehicles everywhere, including China

Excerpt from Forbes Feb 2018 Electric vehicles are definitely growing around the world, and will top 300 million shortly after 2040, according to the International Energy Agency. UPS just announced a partnership with Workhorse to build about 35,000 electric vans for its delivery fleet based, in part, on how much easier it is now to charge them. This is extremely important because a third …