The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel Taxes

June 23, 2015 10:01 pm2 comments
The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel Taxes

One of the downsides of working in policy is that you end up hearing the same arguments over and over again. So I was excited to read Oren Cass’ recent piece in City Journal, “The Carbon Tax Charade,” which at least develops a new angle on arguments against a carbon […]

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The Fossil-free Movement at Harvard

April 15, 2015 2:17 pm0 comments
Harvard student Hannah Borowsky speaks at a Divest Harvard event.

“Symbols matter, because they signal our intent, and they invite other people to join in our intent.” – Naomi Oreskes, Professor, Harvard University. Almost 20 years have gone by since that confident moment in Kyoto when leaders of nearly all the planet’s nations signed on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the […]

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Getting to Net-zero Emissions

March 11, 2015 7:32 pm0 comments
Getting to Net-zero Emissions

It is looking increasingly likely, but not a given, that a reference to global net-zero emissions or even a specific goal to achieve net-zero emissions by a certain date (e.g. end of the century) will appear in the climate deal that is expected to emerge from the Paris COP at […]

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The “Clean Air and Climate Change Act of 2015″

February 20, 2015 7:33 pm0 comments
The “Clean Air and Climate Change Act of 2015″

I drafted a new Clean Air Act for the nation’s review and consideration (see “The Clean Air and Climate Change Act of 2015“).  The Act adds greenhouse gases and removes 50-75% of the redundancy and unnecessary complexity that has developed in the current air quality management system.

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What can really be done by 2050?

February 15, 2015 7:20 pm0 comments
What can really be done by 2050?

The calls for climate action are becoming louder and bolder as the weeks continue to countdown towards COP21 in Paris. Perhaps none have been as bold as the recent call by The B Team for governments to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and […]

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The answer lies after 2050, probably not before

January 13, 2015 4:46 pm1 comment
Peak warming vs cumulative carbon

The global energy system works on timescales of decades rather years. When considering the changes required in managing the climate issue, the short to medium term takes us to 2050 and the long term is 2100! As such, drawing long term conclusions based on a 2050 outlook raises validity issues. […]

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