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Carbon Fees Could Lead to Substantially Lower Emissions

By David Worford

Carbon fees implemented across industries could significantly reduce energy-related emissions in the United States, according to an analysis by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).


Pricing carbon is vital to US climate goals and politically unlikely, but there is another way, analysts say

By Herman K. Trabish Photo: Getty Images

Imposing a federal price on carbon to drive decarbonization is both urgent and unlikely, but there may be a workaround, according to some economists and policymakers.


The Latest Farm Product: Carbon Credits

By Elizabeth G. Dunn Photo: Rachel Mummey , The New York Times

Eight years ago, Kevin Prevo started making changes to the land in southern Iowa that his family has farmed for five generations. Mr. Prevo stopped tilling the fields between crop cycles and started planting cover crops he does not harvest — a mix including rye, turnips, radishes and sunflowers — between rotations of his cash crops, corn, soybeans and rye.


Is 24/7 carbon-free energy the right goal?

By David Roberts

Last week, I wrote an introduction to the hot new trend in energy: 24/7 carbon-free energy (CFE), i.e., matching a company or city’s power consumption with production of clean electricity throughout the day, every hour of every day. If you haven’t read it yet, you’ll want to check it out before reading this post.


If the world loves forests, it should put a price on their carbon

THE WORLD’S leaders may quail at extinguishing coal-fired plants or raising petrol prices, but they can be relied upon to embrace one ally in the fight against climate change: the tree. For all his claims that climate change was a hoax, even Donald Trump, as president, championed an initiative to plant a trillion trees.


President Biden’s Silk Purse: Young People Will Sit in Judgment

By James E. Hansen Photo: Earth Institute at Columbia University

My talk described the danger of climate change and the fundamental actions needed to avert that danger. The existential threat is the potential to initiate unstoppable sea level rise to a level that causes loss of coastal cities, combined with global warming that makes low latitudes unlivable. The basic ingredients of a solution are (1) a steadily rising global carbon fee, and (2) modern ultra-safe nuclear power at a price comparable to that of fossil fuels.


Opinion: Why the U.S. refusal to tax carbon creates a windfall for Saudi Arabia and Russia

By the Editorial Board Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

There are two big risks in the world’s impending transition to a low-carbon energy future. The first, of course, is that it may fail to achieve sufficient emissions reductions to prevent a climate debacle. The second is that it unintentionally enriches and empowers the world’s autocratic regimes. Saving the planet must be thought of strategically, in the context of the Biden administration’s goal of demonstrating that democracy is the wave of the future.


Why the US should establish a carbon price either through reconciliation or other legislation

By Sanjay Patnaik and Kelly Kennedy

From the start of his term, President Biden has indicated that he wishes to pursue an ambitious climate agenda. On his first day in office, he recommitted the U.S. to the Paris Climate Agreement and ordered agencies to review a slew of climate-related (de-)regulations enacted by the Trump administration. One week later, he signed the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis, which outlined a “whole-of-government” approach to mitigating and responding to climate change. And in April, he announced a new target for U.S. emissions reductions: to halve emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.


Carbon tax fight brews among Democrats

By Nick Sobczyk, Geof Koss, Emma Dumain Photo: Francis Chung/E&E News

Carbon pricing is back in the climate change conversation, but House and Senate Democrats are at odds about the policy as reconciliation talks reach a breaking point. Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is pushing for what effectively amounts to a carbon fee and dividend system that top Senate Democrats see as one of the most important climate policies under discussion for reconciliation. But the House is less enthusiastic. Having already marked up their vision for a $3.5 trillion spending package, House Democrats say Wyden needs to show them a concrete proposal before they can take the carbon pricing talk seriously.


Doubts shroud climate program

By Evan Halper Photo: Carolyn Cole , Los Angeles Times

As fire ripped through the Mendocino County hills the summer of 2018, burning a vast expanse of forest and turning buildings to ash, a curious thing was happening at Eddie Ranch, a sprawling property scorched by the flames.