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  • UN Special Report: Turning the World's Energy Economy upside down Is a Good Idea

    October 16, 2018

    The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on October 6th released a “Special Report (SR15) on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C.”  The report considers the impacts of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures compared to 2 degrees and the policies that will be necessary to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. Each key finding is given with a level of confidence of low, medium, or high. Most assertions and conclusions are held with high confidence. 


  • David Henderson (1927-2018), RIP

    October 16, 2018

    We are sad to note the death of our good friend and strong ally, David Henderson, on September 30th in London.  After a career as an academic economist and top economist at international institutions, including as head of economics at the OECD, David became a public defender of free markets and classical liberal economics and a most perceptive critic of corporate social responsibility.    


  • Five Western States Will Vote on Energy Questions on November Ballots

    September 30, 2018

    Five western states have initiatives or referendums on energy issues. They include increasing renewable energy mandates, instituting a carbon tax, restricting oil and gas production, and repealing a gas tax increase. Here is a brief summary of each with links to recent news stories.


  • Bangkok Climate Talks Make Little Progress on 'Roadmap' for Paris Climate Treaty

    September 8, 2018

    International climate negotiators meeting in Bangkok, Thailand this week have apparently made little progress on agreeing to a “roadmap” or “rule book” for implementing the Paris climate treaty. The Bangkok meeting was added to the schedule of United Nations climate meetings after little progress was made at the annual meeting of the subsidiary bodies of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn in May. The Bangkok meeting is the last major meeting before the twenty-fourth Conference of the Parties (COP-24) meeting in Katowice, Poland in December, which is supposed to finalize a Paris implementation agreement.


  • Australia Dumps Another Prime Minister for Pushing Climate Policies

    August 31, 2018

    Climate policy has once again toppled a prime minister in Australia. After Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton threatened to challenge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership over climate policy, Turnbull on May 18th agreed to drop the National Energy Guarantee, legislation to implement Australia’s pledge under the Paris climate treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% below 2005 levels by 2030. But that was not enough to save Turnbull.


  • EPA Proposes Rule To Replace 'Clean Power' Plan

    August 26, 2018

    The Environmental Protection Agency on August 21st released its proposed rule to replace the “Clean Power” Plan (CPP). The rule, which is called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE), would get rid of the CPP’s takeover of the grid and concentrate on “inside the fence” regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from individual coal and natural gas power plants. 


  • Carbon Taxers in Full Retreat in Canada

    August 5, 2018

    New Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on August 2nd his government was filing suit in Ontario’s Court of Appeal challenging the Canadian federal government’s constitutional authority to require the provinces to enact taxes on carbon dioxide emissions. Ontario joined another suit brought by Saskatchewan in its provincial court last month.  Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said that his government would consider joining Ontario’s suit. 


  • Massachusetts Passes Scaled-Down Green Energy Bill

    August 4, 2018

    A massive green energy and climate bill passed by the Massachusetts Senate was scaled back considerably in negotiations with the House before being passed this week on the final day of the legislative session. The bill now goes to Republican Governor Charles Baker for signing into law.  


  • Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo to Introduce Carbon Tax Bill

    July 21, 2018

    Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) plans to introduce a bill to tax carbon dioxide emissions next week and will speak at a press conference at 9 AM on Monday, July 23rd, at the National Press Club. Registration information and the link to watch it online are available here. The event is being hosted by the Niskanen Center (an environmental pressure group) and Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.


  • House Votes for Scalise Resolution Opposing Carbon Taxes

    July 20, 2018

    The House of Representative voted on July 19th for a resolution “expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to American families and businesses and is not in the best interest of the United States.” The final vote on H. Con. Res. 119 was 229 to 180. Seven Democrats joined 222 Republicans in favor, while six Republicans joined 174 Democrats against.


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