Category Archives: Pure Cap-and-Dividend

Decoding the “Price on Carbon” Jargon

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Academics serious about addressing the climate crisis agree: we need to put a price on carbon.  But it’s tough to sell an idea without a shared vocabulary and many people are unclear about what this phrase – “put a price on carbon” – even means.  Still more are puzzled by terms like “cap-and-trade,” “fee-and-dividend,” and […]

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What’s So Great About Bipartisanship?

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What’s so great about bipartisanship?  As a thing unto itself, perhaps nothing.  We hardly need agreement for agreement’s sake.  Though the Founding Fathers may not have envisioned the two-party system we have today, our political system has long accommodated rival ideas – even thrived on them.  (The Civil War being an exception to prove the […]

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Keystone, Activism, and Pure Cap-and-Dividend

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Environmental activists have made stopping the expansion of TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline a top priority.  Keystone XL, the expansion project, would transport Canadian tar sands oil to markets in the United States and beyond.  (A proposed southern addition to the pipeline would carry oil to the Gulf of Mexico, facilitating further transport by oil tanker.)  The […]

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A Free Pass for Climate Change Skeptics?

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Scientific evidence of global climate change continues to mount, a rising sea of data.  Last week, scientists released new estimates of global temperatures over the last 11,300 years, a time period covering most of the current geological epoch, the Holocene.  (We live in the Holocene Epoch of the Quarternary Period of the Cenozoic Era of […]

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Should We Hike the Gasoline Tax?

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Researchers at MIT have released a new report showing that increasing fuel efficiency standards in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions costs our economy six to fourteen times more than would increasing the gasoline tax. Increasing fuel efficiency standards for new cars, they point out, does nothing to reduce emissions from the existing fleet of older vehicles on the road. A higher fuel tax, by comparison, would encourage all drivers to use less fuel by driving less and aiming for the best mileage possible. A higher gas tax is a tough sell politically because the price hike is highly visible to consumers. In contrast, consumers probably won’t notice the higher cost they pay for a more fuel efficient car – especially because the portion of vehicle cost attributable to efficiency technologies will be impossible to calculate.

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The State of the Union and Pure Cap-and-Dividend

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President Obama surprised many with the attention (158 words!) that he gave to climate change in his inaugural address.  “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” he promised.  Encouraging, yes.  But how we respond matters as much as if […]

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