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"Every Company Should Pay a Fee to Invest in Clean Energy" - Sir Richard Branson (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Richard Bransom,Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-18
"I believe there is an extremely simple way to whip climate change and I plan to set it out below.

"Many people working on this subject believe the world needs a carbon tax on dirty fuels -- coal and oil -- to solve the problem. However, the problem with a carbon tax is that it has so far been impossible to impose without governments falling. The Australian government tried to bring one in and they were kicked out -- the new government cancelled it. In November 2018, the state of Washington voted against a carbon tax for the second time in two years.

"Carbon taxes are of course well-intentioned. But others are skeptical that they will raise enough resources to tackle the problem, or if the money will actually even be spent on the issue. So aside from being unpopular with the companies, carbon taxes are also often unpopular with the public and unpopular with governments. There are really no winners -- except ultimately the globe and the environment.

"So I would like to propose the following: a Clean Energy Dividend. Every company in the world should accept a Clean Energy Dividend to be imposed on the fossil fuel they use and the carbon emissions they cause. The dividend could be the equivalent percentage that a carbon tax would have been, and based on cutting pollution at the rate the climate science shows is necessary. However, unlike a carbon tax, that money wouldn't disappear into government coffers, but would be used specifically to be invested in generating clean energy through wind farms and solar panels, as well as the development of more low carbon fuels and other breakthrough technologies. The companies, through those investments, can get that money back, plus dividends (it would be wise to have some independent governance to make absolutely certain that all companies comply with this remit.)

"The good news about this approach is that:

  • Clean energy will have literally billions poured into it over the next few years - enough money to switch the world from dirty to clean energy. This is important because what climate change initiatives are still lacking at the moment is major investment;
  • Companies investing this money should be happy because the investments they make should be secure ones;
  • Millions of new jobs will be created through a climate change revolution;
  • The public should be happy because although some fuel prices might increase in the short-term, the competition from clean fuel will rapidly drive prices of both dirty and clean fuel down very quickly and they will stay down forever:
  • Governments should be happy because the lower fuel prices will result in a great boost to the economy. Lower fuel prices are politically attractive and politicians will also be able to say that by implementing this, they have made a major move towards getting on top of climate change.

    "This is a win-win all-round. It's a win for companies, a win for the people who work in them, a win for the public, a win for creating new jobs, win for governments, and most importantly of all a win for our beautiful globe. Today I am just throwing this open to debate and would love feedback. We will work hard with The B Team, The Elders, The Rocky Mountain Institute and others to get something along these lines implemented as soon as possible." (Source: The Virgin Foundation, Mar., 2019) Contact: The Virgin Foundation, Sir Richard Branson,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  Richard Branson,  

  • Energy Efficiency Rebates, Incentives Offered for Canadian Small Businesses (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna
    Date: 2019-03-06
    In Ottawa, Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is reporting the Liberal federal government of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau plans to ease the recently mandated carbon price burden on small business with incentives and rebate payments to cover some of the cost of making energy efficient upgrades.

    The Minister noted that the government expects to provide at least $1.46 billion over five years to small and medium-sized businesses, including $155 million in the fiscal year starting April 1. Hospitals, municipalities and other community organizations will share at least $727 million over five years, starting with $73 million in 2019-2020 fiscal years.(Source: City News, Various Media, Canadian Press, Mar., 2019) Contact: Office of Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Canada Carbon Tax,  

    Center Daily Times Supports Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-03-04
    In State College Pennsylvania, the Center Daily Times publication is lauding Patton Township supervisors for urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass House Resolution 763, Marcellus Shale tax, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. If passed into law, the tax would charge a $15 per ton fee on carbon to be collected by the Treasury Department at the first point of sale -- mines, refineries and gas wells. The fee would by $10 per ton per year with all of the collected funds distributed to each U.S. household in equal monthly per-person dividends.

    The bill's supporters claim it is a market-based solution that will drive down carbon pollution and reduce America's carbon emissions by 40 pct or more within 12 years, According to the Centre Daily Times on Feb. 1, 2019, "Pennsylvania is the only major natural gas state that does not tax the product." (Source: Center Daily Times, 2 Mar., 2019) Contact: Center Daily Times,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Quebec Carbon Market Revenue Exceeds $3Bn (Ind. Report)
    Quebec Carbon Market
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In Quebec City, the Province of Quebec is reporting it raised $215 million at last week's auction of greenhouse gas emission credits that now total more than $3 billion. At last week's auction, roughly 80.9 million vintage credits were sold out at $20.82 each, and around $6 million in future credits were sold at $20.68 each. On the Quebec side, most of the buying was done by the roughly 150 companies required by provincial law to purchase one credit for every tonne of carbon dioxide they emit.

    In Quebec, energy and industry produce a relatively small percentage of the province's overall emissions due primarily to the province's reliance on carbon-free hydroelectricity. The transport sector is responsible for more than 40 per cent of the province's carbon dioxide emissions, according to the most recent figures available. (Source: CBC, Various Media, 28 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Quebec Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Market,  Western Climate Initiative ,  

    Harvard Economists Join Baker-Schultz Climate Change Policy Plan (Ind. Report)
    Harvard Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The Harvard Crimson is reporting more than 3,300 economists, including 27 Nobel Laureates, four former Federal Reserve Chairs, 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers, and two former Secretaries of the Treasury, and several Harvard professors and affiliates, have inked the Economists' Statement on Carbon Dividends calling for a bipartisan climate change solution.

    The economists are specifically supporting the Baker-Schulz plan authored by former Republican U.S. Secretaries of State James Baker and George Schultz in 2017. The statement comprises four main pillars: gradually increasing a carbon fee; returning all proceeds from the fee to Americans via dividends; instituting border carbon adjustments; and eliminating regulations that are no longer necessary upon the fee's enactment. The Economists' Carbon Dividends Plan aims to be a first step in solving climate change through a carbon tax based on basic economic principles. (Source: Climate Leadership Council, Harvard Crimson, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Harvard Climate Leadership Council,; Tackling Climate Change, Harvard University,; Climate Leadership Council,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Leadership Council,  

    Sen. Feinstein Proposes Weak Green New Deal Substitute (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Green New Deal
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Following a confrontation with young people from the Sunrise Movement on Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal) released a draft resolution calling for a carbon tax and the restoration of Obama-era climate policies. Feinstein's proposal is intended as an alternative to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D) and Sen. Ed Markey's (D) recently released Green New Deal proposal.

    According to the Center for Biological Diversity's senior council Bill Snape, " Senator Feinstein's climate resolution is outmoded and cynical politics at its worst. It's more of the same half-measures and loopholes for polluting industries that have failed us for more than three decades. Feinstein can't hide behind this anemic proposal to avoid supporting the real Green New Deal. She needs to get with it or get out of the way," Snape added.

    The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 25 Feb., 2019) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Bill Snape, (202) 536-9351,,; Sen, Dianne Feinstein, (415) 393-0707, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (929) 388-6141,

    Editor's Note: The New Republic commented on Sen. Feinstein's encounter with school children as follows:

    "The children pleaded with Feinstein to be 'brave' and to think about their future. "We're the ones who are going to be impacted," one girl pleaded. The 85-year-old (Sen. Feinstein) insisted she understood, citing her seven grandchildren, but then dashed the schoolchildren's hopes. "I've been in the Senate for over a quarter of a century." she said, "and I know what can pass and I know what can't pass." Later, Feinstein put out a statement calling climate change one of her top priorities and released a draft resolution of her alternative to the Green New Deal."

    The Green New Deal basically sets goals for measures to cut carbon emissions from electric power generation to transportation to agriculture. The bill calls for a "10-year national mobilizations" toward accomplishing a series of goals, including "meeting 100 pct of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources." The ultimate goal is to stop using fossil fuels entirely, as well as to transition away from nuclear energy.

    Download the complete Ocasio-Cortez,-- Markey Green New Deal proposal HERE.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green New Deal,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

    NRDC Calls Coal vs. Renewables Political Divide Fake News (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The following is from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): "New polls show that all Americans -- Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike -- want to close the book on our dirtiest fossil fuel. From a political standpoint, defending coal consumption is harder than ever. Coal is far and away the dirtiest fossil fuel there is in terms of carbon emissions and regular old air pollution (and its messy mining practices certainly aren’t helping its reputation). And when you factor in health care costs, environmental costs, and costs to local communities in the form of reduced tourism and property values, coal is also a real loser economically speaking -- especially in relation to natural gas and renewables like wind and solar.

    "Still, lawmakers from coal-producing states and members of the current presidential administration have long attempted to justify their defense of coal on the grounds that it's more than a fossil fuel -- it's a way of life. This has been a reasonably effective tactic, up to a point. If you're trying to neutralize the arguments of those who want to see coal phased out of the U.S. energy diet, the best way to do so is to play the culture card: Point to all the people who rely on the coal industry for a regular paycheck and appeal to their sense of history and heritage.

    "But this last line of defense -- 'Renewables may be all the rage in San Francisco or Seattle or wherever, but where I come from, the people still love coal and always will' -- may not be effective for much longer.

    Two recently released reports show how public sentiment regarding coal and renewables has shifted dramatically in recent years. One of them looks at attitudes at the national level; the other explores them in the historically coal-friendly state of Ohio. Both spell trouble for the future of an industry that's already, by nearly all accounts, on its last legs.

    "The University of Michigan's National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) is a biannual survey of public opinion surrounding issues of climate and energy policy, providing perhaps the best snapshot we could ever hope for in regard to how Americans stand on subjects like coal, renewables, climate science, geoengineering, a carbon tax, and a host of other climate-related topics. Late last year, to commemorate its 10th anniversary of publication, NSEE released a trove of reports that illustrate just how much public opinion has changed on these matters over the past decade.

    "One of them in particular should strike fear into the hearts of the coal industry's dead-enders and spark joy in the hearts of the rest of us. It shows that between 2016 and 2017, the number of Americans who strongly support a coal phaseout increased 11 percentage points, from 18 pct to 29 pct. In that same one-year period, the number of Americans who oppose a phaseout fell by the same amount. Remarkably, in states with active coal mines, strong support for a phaseout rose even more: by 13 points. Just as remarkably, this trend seemed to cut across political lines, rising among Democrats, independents, and Republicans. Among the last group, strong support for a phaseout actually increased by 5 percentage points, whereas the number of Republicans who strongly oppose it fell by 14 points.

    "Another NSEE report provides a perfect complement. As more Americans announce their willingness to say goodbye to coal, they're also saying hello to the opportunity presented by renewables. This report reveals that 88 pct of Americans are in favor of increasing the use of solar energy in their state, and 82 pct feel the same about wind energy. Here, too, there's real bipartisan buy-in, with 79 pct of Republicans getting behind solar and 72 pct getting behind wind. What's more, the numbers show that a sizable majority of Republican, Democratic, and independent respondents support requiring and/or subsidizing renewable energy production at the state level. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans surveyed -- 64 pct -- said they like the idea of a state renewable energy requirement; even more amazingly, 65 pct of them said they have no problem with boosting the nascent renewables sector through subsidies.

    "But an even more eye-opening poll is making news too. An organization with a somewhat eyebrow-raising name, the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum, released the results of a survey last week suggesting that support for renewables is no longer a politically exploitable issue. In a survey of 400 Ohioans who self-identify as conservative, two-thirds of respondents said they believe their state needs to diversify its energy portfolio by having at least half of its energy come from renewable sources. Nearly the same percentage of respondents said they were more likely to support a politician who voted for or otherwise expressed support for renewable energy or energy efficiency legislation. "Ohio, just as a reminder, ranks 11th in coal production among U.S. states, and its coal industry supports about 33,000 jobs. It also ranks fourth among states in coal consumption.

    "For too long, it's been too easy for lawmakers and administration officials to claim that by kowtowing to the coal industry's wishes, they were simply doing right by voters. It's getting harder. The gap between the interests of average Americans and the interests of coal-company executives is getting wider every day. And solar and wind are wedging their way in. (Source: NRDC, 22 Feb., 2019) Contact: NRDC, Jeff Turrentine

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Coal,  NRDC,  

    South African National Assembly Adopts Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
    South Africa
    Date: 2019-02-20
    The National Assembly of South Africa reports it has adopted a Carbon Tax Bill that, if approved by the National Council of Provinces, will come into law beginning 1 June, 2019.

    The Carbon Tax Bill follows the "polluter-pays" principle and will ensure that the cost of damage caused by greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are included in the price of high carbon-emitting goods and services. Under the bill, a number of tax-free allowances will apply during the first phase and will be capped at 95 pct. An initial headline tax rate of 120 Rands (1 Rand = $0.71 US) per tonne CO2 equivalent (CO2e) and various tax-free allowances will thus result in an effective tax rate that will vary between R6 and R48 per tonne of CO2e.

    South Africa's emissions are expected to peak between 2020 and 2025, plateau between 2025 and 2035, and decline thereafter.(Source: BusinessLive, BusinessDay, 19 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Notable Quote, Carbon Tax
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-02-20
    "Climate change poses the greatest threat to humankind and SA (South Africa) intends to play its role as part of the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to meet its commitments under the Paris agreement." -- Mondli Gungubele , South Africa Deputy Minister of Finance

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    B.C. Hidden Forest Carbon Emissions Questioned (Report Attached)
    Sierra Club
    Date: 2019-02-13
    On the Canadian West Coast, the Sierra Club B.C. is urging the province to measure and reduce "uncounted forest emissions" which, in BC, represent a major hole in the province's climate plan and show the need for a provincial forest emissions-reduction strategy.

    According to the attached Sierra Club BC report, climate-warming carbon emissions released from B.C. forests in both 2017 and 2018 were more than three times higher than emissions from all other sources combined in 2016 when the province pegged its carbon footprint from non-forestry sources at 61.3 million tpy.

    The report notes that forests can act as either a "carbon sink" that absorbs excess greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, or a source of carbon emissions if it releases more carbon than it absorbs, as occasioned by the recent major forest fires.

    The Sierra Club is calling on the province to produce an annual report measuring emissions from forests and to take steps to reduce forest carbon emissions, including banning slash burning, protecting old-growth forests and ramping up B.C.'s FireSmart program, which outlines best practices for reducing wildfire risk to properties in vulnerable communities.

    In January, the B.C. government introduced the Clean B.C. plan to cut GHG emissions by 40 pct by 2030, 60 pct by 2040 and 80 pct by 2050. The plan redirects revenue from the provincial carbon tax into incentives like rebates for the province's biggest industries to move to cleaner operations.

    Download the Sierra Club Hidden, Ignored and Growing:B.C.'s Forest Carbon Emissions report HERE. (Source: Sierra Club BC, CBC, Feb., 2019) Contact: Sierra Club BC, (250) 386-5255,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sierra Club ,  Forest Carbon,  Carbon Sink,  

    Montana Legislature Considering State Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
    Montana Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Helena, Montana lawmakers are reported to be considering a $10-per-ton tax on carbon dioxide from various sources, including coal-fired power plants, including the Colstrip Power Plant facility.

    The bill under consideration targets carbon emissions of 25,000 tons or more, meaning that small industrial polluters would avoid the tax. There are 22 major polluters in the state that would fall under the carbon tax. The businesses range from the Malteurop North America malting facility in Great Falls to the Colstrip Power Plant, tops the list at 14.3 million tpy of CO2, according to EPA pollution data. All told, 21 businesses subject to the tax produce 20.8 million tpy of CO2. The three biggest polluters after Colstrip are in the Phillips 66 refinery, Yellowstone Energy Limited Partners, CHS refinery and ExxonMobil refinery, all in the Billings area.

    If mandated, the carbon tax is expected to add about $210 million a year to the state's coffers, $21 million of which would be used to help affected communities transition away from fossil fuel-based economies. (Source: Various Media, Billings Gazette, 7 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Montana Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Veracity of Australia's Emissions Cuts Questioned (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2019-02-06
    In the Land Down Under, CSIRO, the Australian research agency is questioning the environmental benefits claimed under the Emissions Reduction Fund (Fund), the Liberal government of Prime Mister Scott Morrison's main climate policy, raising concerns that Australia is overstating its contribution to the fight against climate change. Even so, the Fund is expected to receive up to $1 billion in federal funds over three years as the government seeks to neutralize claims it is failing to address the potential dangers associated with climate change.

    The Fund was introduced by the Tony Abbott government in 2014 after it abolished the previous Labor government's carbon tax. Abbott is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP." The $2.55 billion Fund pays businesses, landowners and others to reduce carbon emissions or capture and store carbon that already exists in the atmosphere.

    About half the carbon abatement pledged under the fund -- or 95 million tonnes -- relates to farming projects that use one of two native revegetation method that are presently being examined by a government-appointed committee. has been examining the performance of the revegetation methods. In a joint submission to the committee, CSIRO and the NSW Department of Primary Industries question whether all emission reduction claimed under the methods were genuine and whether existing revegetation successes are attributable to funded projects or to increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations or the changing climate.

    The agencies also noted "uncertainty" in the carbon accounting model used to measure abatement under the two methods, which also lacked "underpinning research" to support its predictions. Under the scheme, estimates of abatement should be conservative. However the CSIRO and the department expressed "particular concern" over a reliance on "subjective assessments by project proponents" of factors such as the effect of grazing on carbon stocks. (Source: CSIRO, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: CSIRO, 1300 363 400, +61 3 9545 2176,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abbott,  CSIRO,  Carbon Emissions,  Australia Climate Change,  

    Maine Dem. Legislator Tables State Carbon Tax (Reg. & Leg.)
    Maine Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Augusta, Maine House Rep. Deane Rykerson (Kittery - D) is proposing a $5 per ton fee on CO2 emissions that would increase every year for eight years.

    The bill calls for all fees collected from the carbon tax would be used to help reduce Maine State power consumer electric bills. Rep. Rykerson claims his bill already has over 70 cosponsors. (Source: Rep. Deane Rykerson,WABI News, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Rep. Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery),

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Notable Quote from Ontario Premier Doug Ford
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-24
    "I'm here today to ring the warning bell that the risk of a carbon tax recession is very, very real. A carbon tax will be a total economic disaster, not only for our province (Ontario) but for our entire country Ccanada). There are already economic warning signs on the horizon." -- Ontario Premier Hon. Doug Ford (C)

    The freshman Ontario Premier, not unlike the populist US president Donald Trump, ran a campaign and was elected on promises. Premier Ford promised to cut the price of beer to $1.00 a can and to scrap the preceding Liberal govenment's carbon tax, cap-and-trade system. Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Doug Ford,  

    Maine Legislator Introduces $5 Carbon Tax Bill (Reg. & Leg.)
    Maine Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-24
    In Augusta, Maine Rep. Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery) is proposing a state carbon tax he says will help with climate change. Rykerson claims the bill already has over 70 cosponsors.

    Rykerson's bill would place $5 per ton fee on CO2. The fee, which would increase every year for eight years, would be used to subsidize e Mainers' electric bills. (Source: Maine Rep. Deane Rykerson, WABI News, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Maine State Rep. Deane Rykerson,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    Mass. Gov. Proposes Real Estate Excise Tax to Fight Climate Change (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In the Bay State, Republican Governor Charlie Baker has announced that, as part of his FY 2020 budget, he would propose an increase in the real estate excise tax and apply a portion of the approximate $137 million tax receipts to fund the Global Warming Solutions Trust Fund.

    To date, Baker has opposed a carbon tax but has acknowledged the problem of climate change and the pressing need to address it. (Source: Office of Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, Bloomberg, Foley Hoag LLP, Various Media, 18 Jan/. 2019) Contact: Office of Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005,,,

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    Friends of the Earth Ireland Wants Carbon Tax Increase (Int'l)
    Friends of the Earth
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Dublin, Friends of the Earth Ireland has called on the Government to include the carbon tax in a series of decarbonisation measures rather than increasing it as a stand-alone policy. It is also urging the Government to take the lead on cutting emissions and making less polluting choices affordable and accessible for people.

    FoE has outlined 12 measures it said would enable a just transition to a zero-carbon future. The measures include: Special Saving Incentive Account-style schemes for insulating homes; solar panels for every school and feed-in tariff payments for solar power supplied to the grid; low or zero fares for buses, trams and trains; new investments in public transport; and a carbon tax refund scheme where the increase in the carbon tax would be returned to the tax payer. The group is also calling for a €20 increase in the carbon tax from January 1st 2020, and a €5 increase per year thereafter. (Source: Friends of the Earth,PR, Irish Times, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Friends of the Earth Ireland, Oisin Coghlan, Dir., +353 1 639 4652,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Friends of the Earth,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  

    Time for a Carbon Fee with a Dividend (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2019-01-07
    "French President Emmanuel Macron has postponed imposing new fuel taxes after protests on the streets of Paris turned violent. The taxes were supposed to help reduce French dependence on fossil fuels and combat climate change, but they did not protect the French people from the pain of higher fuel costs. Revenue from the fuel taxes was slated to be used for deficit reduction.

    "There is a way to impose a fee on fossil fuels that does not negatively impact average Americans -- by returning the fee in the form of monthly dividend checks to households.

    "Giving revenue to people can calm the carbon pricing angst seen in France. Starting at $15 per ton of carbon dioxide and increasing $10 per ton each year, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act will push the price of carbon to $100 per ton within a decade. Such an ambitious price will achieve at least 40 pct emissions reductions within 12 years.

    That's what the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act does. Introduced November 28 in the U.S. House of Representatives, the bill will be re-introduced in the next session of Congress. We can lower fossil fuel emissions while protecting everyday Americans from increased prices of items that were created by burning fossil fuels. Americans can spend their dividends any way they choose.

    "We must act -- scientists report that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are rising once again in the U.S. and worldwide. Failure to lower atmospheric greenhouse gases will lead to economic, social and health consequences that no one should want to bequeath to future generations." (Source: PennLive Letters, Jan., 2019) Contact: PennLive,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  

    Trudeau's Canadian Carbon Tax Now In Force (Reg. & Leg.)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-02
    In Ottawa, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial carbon tax is now in force. The price on carbon will be C$20 ($15 US) per metric ton rising to C$50 per ton by 2022. A wide-ranging tax on nearly all fuels is also set to take effect in April in four provinces.

    The Trudeau government had proposed a 95 pct standard for the cement and lime sectors and 90 pct for production of petrochemicals, steel, certain types of iron, nitric acid and ammonia. All other sectors have a proposed 80 pct threshold. Companies exceeding those levels can pay a tax, or buy credits from more efficient firms.

    The industrial emissions plan applies to Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island -- the provinces that are challenging the Trudeau carbon tax plan -- and to electricity and natural gas pipelines in Saskatchewan. Even with the carbon tax in place, Canada is still expected to fall short of its COP15 target of 513 metric megatons of emissions by 2030. (Source: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Bloomberg, Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  

    100 pct Renewables Included in DC Energy Bill (Reg & Leg)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-12-21
    Renewable Energy Date: 2018-12-21 This week in Washington, D.C. became the only jurisdiction in the country that has enacted a concrete, mandatory, detailed, comprehensive law to reduce emissions at a pace compatible with keeping global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

    Among its other stipulations, the bill requires the city to source 100 pct of its energy from renewables by 2032,, It also puts a price on carbon emissions and and mandates the DC Public Service Commission to prioritize addressing climate change.

    This climate victory in the nation's capital is the result of a 3-year effort by grassroots organizers, engaged constituents, a coalition of 100 faith leaders, businesses, low income advocates, climate groups, and neighborhood associations. (Source: Citizens' Climate Lobby, Red, Green & Blue, 15 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Tax news,  

    Senators Coons, Flake Table Bipartisan Carbon Tax, Climate Change Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Climate Chang
    Date: 2018-12-21
    Yesterday in Washington, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) tables the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act that places an increasing price -- carbon tax -- on carbon and other GHG emissions. The legislation is designed to drive down pollution, reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 33 pct within a decade, create employment, encourage market-driven innovation in clean energy technologies, and to pay a monthly dividend directly to every American family.

    Download Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act key points HERE. (Source: Office of Sen. Christopher Coons, KTAR News, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: Senator Christopher Coons,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  

    Wash. DC Adopts Renewable Energy, Carbon Tax Bill (Reg & Leg)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2018-12-21
    This week in Washington, D.C. became the only jurisdiction in the country that has enacted a concrete, mandatory, detailed, comprehensive law to reduce emissions at a pace compatible with keeping global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

    The legislation puts a price on carbon and requires the city to source 100 pct of its energy from renewables by 2032. It also require existing buildings to meet certain energy efficiency standards, levies an extra tax on the purchase of gas-guzzling cars and use the money to make electric vehicles more affordable. It also requires the city to operate 100 pct electric buses by 2030, and mandates the DC Public Service Commission to prioritize addressing climate change.

    This climate victory in the nation's capital is the result of a 3-year effort by grassroots organizers, engaged constituents, a coalition of 100 faith leaders, businesses, low income advocates, climate groups, and neighborhood associations. (Source: Citizens' Climate Lobby, Red, Green & Blue, 15 Dec., 2018) Contact: Citizen's Climate Lobby, Max Broad, Washington DC Chapter,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Citizens Climate Lobby,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  Renewable Energy,  

    Bipartisan Energy Innovation, Carbon Dividend Act Tabled (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-12-10
    Last week in the nation's capital, members of the U.S. House Climate Solutions Caucus introduced the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act to clean up America's energy. Introduction of the bill follows on the heels of the Trump administration's report -- the report that both Trump and EPA acting director Wheeler have confessed to not reading -- confirming that climate change is a real and growing threat caused primarily by the use of fossil fuels that emit heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

    Economists believe that a revenue neutral carbon tax-fee-and-dividend policy that puts a price on carbon pollution and returns all net revenues to American families is the best way to accelerate our transition to cleaner energy. It's simple, comprehensive and effective, targeted to cut emissions by 40 pct within 12 years and 90 pct by 2050. Under the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act , the fee is assessed as close to the source as possible (at the well, mine, or port), starts small and increases predictably each year. A border adjustment ensures that importers pay their fair share and American exporters stay competitive. The bill supports the larger goal of keeping carbon in the ground, such as a rebate for carbon capture and storage and special provisions to support agriculture.

    Download Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act details HERE (Source: Various Media, Daily Sentinel, 9 Dec., 2018) Contact: Citizens Climate Lobby,

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    CleanBC Climate Action Plan Targets Heavy Emitters (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Vancouver, the province of British Columbia's just released CleanBC Climate Action Plan aims to cut the province's emissions by 18.9 million tonnes over the next 12 years. To reach its goal, the plan calls for increasing the use of electricity by all sectors -- including heavy industry and transportation -- and boosting the use of low-carbon fuels.

    The plan depends most heavily on slashing industry emissions by 8.4 million tonnes, nearly half the total cuts planned -- achieving that with aggressive electrification, major new hydro transmission lines, and a $240-million a year technology fund.

    Another third of the cuts would come from greener transportation, particularly a ban on emission-producing new vehicles within 20 years, clean fuel car incentive incentives, and an increased reliance on renewable fuel.

    The plan also calls for increasing the provincial price on carbon emissions to $50 per tonne and ramping up buildings' energy efficiency each account for a further one-tenth emissions savings, the latter by retrofitting 51,000 provincially owned housing units and requiring at least 15 pct of natural gas use to come from renewable sources.

    In 2015, the province's emissions were 61.6 million tonnes net after offsets -- equal to the annual CO2 emissions of 13.4 million passenger vehicles. (Source: Province of British Columbia, Star Metro Vancouver, CBC, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Province of British Columbia, CleanBC Climate Action Plan,,

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    "The Donald" Consoles Macron on Flummoxed French Fuel Tax (Int'l)
    Fuel Tax
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Paris, following on French president Macron's first major political setback and the suspension of vehemently opposed fuel tax increase aimed at cutting diesel and gasoline fuel consumption and thus fighting climate change, the every empathetic Donald Trump reportedly consoled his French counterpart with his previous remark:

    "The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters in the world."

    Macron was no doubt comforted by Trump's warm-hearted comments. (Source: Various Media, Dec., 2018)

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    "Anticipated House Carbon Tax Bill is Climate Denial, Not Climate Action" -- (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Food & Water Watch
    Date: 2018-11-30
    In Washington, D.C., Food & Water Watch is commenting on a bipartisan carbon tax proposal tabled by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Francis Rooney (R-Fla.): "With an increased national focus on the perils of climate change in recent weeks, it comes as no surprise that stale ideas would be trotted out anew in hopes of demonstrating an adequate response from lawmakers. Yet carbon pricing schemes like this one are false solutions to climate change, and they provide a dangerous distraction from the bold policies required to avoid the worst effects of climate chaos in decades to come.

    "This carbon tax bill amounts to climate denial, not climate action. Emissions pricing schemes like this one are actually supported by the world's largest oil and gas corporations because they do nothing more than entrench the status quo -- an economy dependent on polluting fossil fuels. This particular bill is potentially even more egregious, as it would reportedly roll back existing environmental regulations on carbon emissions, amounting to a shameful, self-defeating giveaway to the industry.

    "As Democrats look to formulate a strategy on climate for a new Congress, it is imperative that they flatly reject carbon pricing schemes that increase costs for consumers while cementing a future of fossil fuel business-as-usual.

    "A Green New Deal that includes carbon pricing isn't green at all. The only legitimate path to moving off fossil fuels is to move off fossil fuels -- now."

    Food & Water Watch is a non-governmental organization group focused on corporate and government accountability relating to food, water, and corporate overreach. (Source: Food & Water Watch, PR, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Seth Gladstone, (917) 363-6615,,

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    Alberta Community Renewables Funding Set for 2019 Launch (Funding)
    Date: 2018-11-26
    On the Canadian prairies, the government of oil-soaked Alberta reports its new $200 million renewable energy project subsidy program will help rural groups or co-operatives develop small-scale, local or community renewable energy projects.

    To qualify for provincial support, projects must be in the five-to-25 MW range. Funding will be sourced from the provincial carbon tax and will be paid in the form of 20-year contracts.

    Qualifying applicants must demonstrate community benefits, such as revenue from electricity production, local jobs and training opportunities and meet wildlife protection and other regulatory standards. standards.

    The Alberta government aims to have 5,000 MW worth of generation from renewable sources by 2030, with 7,000 MW worth of projects presently ready to go. The province will promote the program before it launches in fall 2019. The Alberta Federation of Rural Electrification Associations, as well as the Alberta Community and Co-Operative Association and Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) support the program. (Source: Alberta Climate Change Office, Western Producers, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alberta Climate Change Office, Hon. Shannon Phillips, Minister,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Climate Change Office,  Shannon Phillips,  Renewable Energy,  Community Renewable Energy,  

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    Flagstaff Adopts Climate Change Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Arizona, the city of Flagstaff City Council reports the approval of the city's climate change action and adaptation plan to reduce the city's GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2050 and to prepare the city for the effects of climate change.

    The plan calls for the city of approximately 79,500 residents to work with federal, state, local and tribal agencies to implement more aggressive "thinning" operations, better manage the city landfill to reduce GHG emissions, encourage higher density mixed-use developments, greater energy efficiency, a possible municipal carbon tax, and encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation and low-carbon fuels.

    The plan doesn't specify a program timetable, costs or funding options. (Source: Flagstaff City Council, Arizona Daily Sun. 24 Nov., 2018) Contact: Flagstaff City Council,

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    Newfoundland Carbon Tax Loaded with Exemptions (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2018-11-12
    In Atlantic Canada, the province of Newfoundland-Labrador has unveiled its federally approved carbon tax, climate plan which at least on the surface, protects the province's crucial oil and gas industry. The province is reportedly planning to double oil production in the next decade.

    The provincial plan offers exemptions for large producers and consumers alike, including the giant Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project which, when fully online in 2020, will allow the province to completely decommission the bunker oil-burning generator in Holyrood, which emits roughly 10 pct of the province's total 10.3 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Under the provincial carbon pricing scheme, home heating fuel, off-grid diesel generators, aviation fuel, the interprovincial ferry system and municipalities will be exempted and gasoline prices will rise substantially. After factoring in exemptions, only 76 pct of the province's total GHG emissions will be subject to carbon pricing. The provincial government has also reserved the right to scrap the scheme or any part thereof in the event that any other province refuse to set a plan or abide by the federal backstop, which is likely to happen.(Source: Province of Newfoundland-Labrador, Narwal, 9 Nov., 2018)

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    Washington State Rejects Carbon Tax, Again (Reg & Leg)
    Western States Petroleum Association
    Date: 2018-11-12
    The third time around wasn't lucky for Washington States I 1631 groundbreaking carbon tax , despite broad support from MicroSoft's Bill Gates, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and the far away New York Times, labor organizations, environmentalist and others.

    I 1631 aimed to charge oil companies and other significant emitters $15 per ton of carbon released -- increasing by $2 per year until 2035. The approximately $1 billion per year it was expected to raise was earmarked for clean energy projects, public transportation, environmental conservation, and green jobs programs.

    In 2016, another initiative, 732, proposed a tax on carbon in exchange for reduced sales and manufacturing taxes and creating a fund for low-income families–an approach intended to appeal to conservatives. The strategy missed the marked with only 40.7 pct of the vote. Earlier this year, too, the state legislature attempted to pass a carbon tax measure, but that died when it failed to collect enough votes in the Senate to advance.

    Organized opposition to I 1631 campaign was sponsored by the Western States Petroleum Association -- an umbrella organization for BP, Chevron, Shell,Exxon) and others. In Washington, 54.5 pct of Washington State's carbon emissions reportedly come from gas and diesel used in transportation. In most states, the power generation sector is credited with the bulk of the state's carbon emissions. (Source: Various Media, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136,; Western States Petroleum Association,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News I 1631,  Carbon Tax,  Washington Carbon Tax,  Jay Inslee,  

    Washington State Rejects Carbon Tax Initiative (Reg & Leg)
    Washington State
    Date: 2018-11-07
    Yesterday, Washington state voters nixed Initiative 1631, a proposed carbon fee on fossil-fuel emissions. The oil industry reportedly contributed most of the more than $31 million to help defeat the carbon tax legislation.

    If passed into law, I-1631 would have come into force in 2020 and raised an expected $1 billion or more per year by 2023. The revenue would have been used for low-carbon, climate change related projects and initiatives in Washington State. (Source: Seattle Times, Various Media, 6 Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News I-1631,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Fee,  

    GOP Carbon Tax Advocate Rep. Curbelo Loses Fla. Seat (Ind. Report)
    Carlos Curbelo
    Date: 2018-11-07
    Following up on our July 25th coverage ,Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo has lost his seat in South Florida. Curbelo is a leader of the bipartisan Climate Caucus and bucked GOP leadership this summer by supporting a tax on CO2 emissions.

    Curbelo's proposal would have eliminated the gasoline tax, stalled the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and earmarked the lion's share of the carbon tax revenue to building new transportation infrastructure nationwide. (Source: Various Media 7 Nov., 2018)Contact: Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo, (202) 225-2778, (305) 722-0160,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carlos Curbelo,  Carbon Tax,  

    Carbon Tax Possible with Incoming Midterm Congress? (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-11-05
    Canada's CBC Radio is reporting a U.S carbon tax is on the agenda of a bipipartisan, incoming House of Representatives caucus, despite President Donald Trump's claim that climate change was just a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese as a competitive economics edge.

    "There's a consensus growing in the House of Representatives that could lead to a price on carbon emissions. I think we'll be able to have a bipartisan piece of legislation that puts a price on carbon," the House Climate Solutions Caucus co-chair Florida Democrat Ted Deutch, told CBC Radio. Deutch added he expects every option will be considered to move forward on fighting climate change.

    The U.S. produced 16.49 tonnes of carbon emissions per capita, while Canada produced 15.12 tonnes in 2014, according to World Bank data. (Source: CBC Radio, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: Florida Congressman Ted Deutch, 202-225-3001,

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    Notable Quotes
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-11-02
    "The (climate change) problem is not in the head, the problem is in the heart. It's an identity issue. It's whether saying climate change is real is somehow going to make you into a liberal or make it so you're no longer welcome in the tribe and that you're a Benedict Arnold as to your tribe. That's the problem.

    "The key difference between what we see as optimal and what the state situation is is the ability of a federal law to make an effective border adjustment so that you can collect a carbon tax on, say, Chinese imports. That makes it much more muscular.

    "We're hopeful that the state conversations will lead to a national conversation and then the national conversation will supply this really needed muscle of the border adjustment that causes the whole world to get in on this deal, because the thing we've got to remember is carbon emissions anywhere are climate damages everywhere." --- Former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis.

    Inglis lost his House seat in 2010 after expressing his opinion that climate change is real and human-caused. He formed an organization known as, which advocates for the revenue neutral carbon tax proposal. It's different than the carbon emissions tax initiative 1631 that Washington voters will decide next week. (Source: Spokane Public Radio, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact;,

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    Ontario Premier Passes Promised Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Ontario Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-11-02
    At Queens Park, the conservative Ontario government of freshman premier Doug Ford reports yesterday's promised passage of Bill-4, formally cancelling the province's cap-and-trade program. The government claims the move will save the average family $260 per year, and reduce costs for Ontario businesses.

    With the passage of Bill 4, The Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, the government renewed its pledge to challenge an imposed federal carbon tax and replace it with a "made-in-Ontario" environment plan at an unspecified future date. (Source: Province of Ontario, Various Media, Canadian Biomass 1 Nov., 2018)Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

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    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-31
    "I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

    The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's opposition on the Liberal government's national carbon tax plan scheduled for imposition on 1 Jan., 2019.

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    Exchequer Plans £16 Carbon Tax to Replace EU ETS (Int'l)
    EU ETS, Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-31
    Bloomberg is reporting the Exchequer's (U.K Treasury Department) annual budget is proposing imposition of a £16 ($20 +-) per ton tax on carbon emissions if Brexit talks fail and the UK is excluded from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), early in 2019.

    Bloomberg notes that UK fossil fuel burning power producers presently pay an £18 per ton "floor price" for CO2 emissions PLUS almost £15 per ton for EU ETS carbon allowances for an estimated total of £33 per ton of carbon emissions. If the UK exits the EU without a deal, emitters will pay the £16 per ton under a planned Carbon Emissions Tax to replace the EU ETS carbon-market portion of their emissions costs, plus the floor price which would remain unchanged, according to the Exchequer proposal. (Source: UK Treasury Dept, Bloomberg, Others, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Exchequer,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tax,  UK Carbon Tax,  

    Canadian PM Imposing Carbon Tax Plan, Despite Four-Province Opposition (Reg. & Leg. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-31
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Liberal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that it will impose a carbon price in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in 2019. Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and the Yukon have either developed their own compliant pricing systems or chosen to adopt the federal option and thus avoided Trudeau's tax plan.

    The provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan have however resisted the federal Government's proposals and challenged their constitutionality

    . The federal carbon price will apply at a rate of $20 ($15.28 US) per tonne of CO2 equivalent in 2019, rising by $10 per year to a high of $50 per tonne in 2022. The federal carbon pricing system will come into force on January 1, 2019. To ease to imagined pain, the Government has committed to return direct proceeds from the federal pricing system to the province or territory of origin and to help SMEs deal with the additional costs associated with carbon pricing in early 2019. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Various Media, Tax News, 29 Oct., 2018)

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    Notable Quote

    Date: 2018-10-26
    "Starting next year, it will no longer be free to pollute anywhere in Canada. Putting a price on (carbon) pollution is the best way to tackle climate change, because it works." -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Lib), 23 Oct., 2018

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    UK Carbon Tax Cut Could Boost Coal-Fired Power Emissions, says Report (Int'l. Report)
    Aurora Energy Research
    Date: 2018-10-24
    In the UK, Oxford-headquartered Aurora Energy Research reports a cut in the UK's Carbon Price Support tax could trigger a resurgence in coal-fired power generation and higher CO2 emissions into the 2020s. The Aurora findings are ahead of the UK Autumn Budget October 29 and energy industry speculation that the government might respond to rising CO2 prices in the EU Emissions Trading System by reducing the UK's top-up tax paid by domestic power generators.

    According to the Aurora report, the difference between maintaining and cutting the tax could equate to 12 TWh of production a year for four years after coal plants would otherwise have closed. If the government were to reduce the CPS to £7/tonne CO2 from the current £18/tonne CO2, coal plants would stay on the system until 2025, generating an average 12 TWh/year in the period 2021-25.

    The report notes that if the tax was maintained at £18/tonne CO2, this would result in coal coming off the system as early as 2021/2022. Cutting the CPS to £7/tonne CO2 would increase CO2 emissions by 29 million tonnes during the fourth carbon budget period (2023-2027) compared to maintaining the status quo.

    In 2017 the UK Treasury recouped £1 billion in tax receipts from the mechanism which was capped at £18/tonne CO2 from 2016 to 2020. The freeze was extended to 2021 in the 2016 budget. (Source: Aurora Energy Research, S&P, Global, Oct., 2018) Contact: Aurora Energy Research, +44 0 1865 952 700,,

    BHP Billiton Calls for a Price on Carbon (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-10-22
    In the Land Down Under, mining juggernaut BHP Billiton Head of Sustainability & Climate Change, Dr. Fiona Wild, says Australia lacks "long term and effective climate policy" and wants a price on carbon to be part of the mix.

    "We've always been really clear that we support a carbon price -- obviously there's different ways a carbon price can be designed but from our perspective a carbon price is a really important part of a long term and effective response to climate change. I think in the Australian context what we'd really like to see is a really well integrated climate and energy policy which looks at affordability, reliability and emissions reductions, and that's what we're aiming for. At the moment we don't have a long term and effective climate and energy policy," Dr Wild says.

    Dr. Wilds added, "We accept the IPCC's assessment of climate change science that warming of the climate is unequivocal, the human influence is clear and physical impacts are unavoidable. We believe that the world must pursue the twin objectives of limiting climate change in line with current international agreements while providing access to affordable energy."

    Dr Wild also noted that "under all current plausible scenarios, fossil fuels will continue to be a significant part of the energy mix for decades." (Source: BHP, AFR, Financial Review, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333,,

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    Ontario Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Will Cost $3Bn (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In Canada's largest province by population (13.6 million) the Ontario Financial Accountability Office is reporting that the loss of revenue caused by the freshman Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford's scrapping of the Province's cap-and-trade program will cost the province $3 billion in lost revenue over the next four fiscal years.

    According to the watch dog agency, the loss of revenue from the cap-and-trade cancellation will be greater than the savings the government will achieve by cancelling spending associated with the program. The Conservative Ford government revised the deficit to $15 billion last month, up from a predicted $11.7 billion. (Source: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, CBC News, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Peter Weltman, (416) 644-0702,,

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    Exxon Supports Americans for Carbon Dividends Effort (Funding)
    Exxon Mobil ,Americans for Carbon Dividends
    Date: 2018-10-12
    Hard on the heels of the recently released IPCCC report calling for "unprecedented action to combat climate change", Houston-headquartered oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. has announced it is adding $1 million to Americans for Carbon Dividends, a political campaign that would effectively create a carbon tax tied to Exxon's core products.

    Exxon notes its $1 million commitment is in keeping with its longstanding support for an imposed carbon tax rather than an array of environmental regulations that already drive up the cost of fossil fuels.

    Exxon's support marks the first such initiative by a major oil company. (Source: Exxon Mobil, Bloomberg, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning,; Americans for Carbon Dividends,

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    Notable Quote Duly Noted

    Date: 2018-10-05
    "It (carbon tax) works, and it will work in this case. Companies whose names you would recognize have signed up for a revenue-neutral carbon tax. More companies see it as better than the regulatory hand." -- George P. Schultz, Oct., 2018

    George Pratt Shultz is an American economist, elder statesman, and businessman who served in various positions under three different Republican presidents. Shultz noted broad support for the tax and referenced his work with the corporate sector, including major oil companies.

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    Manitoba Bails on Ottawa's Planned Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-05
    On the Canadian Prairies, the province of Manitoba's Progressive-Conservative Premier, the Hon. Brian Pallister, reports his government is abandoning plans to start charging a carbon tax levy in December and is joining other conservative leaders in opposition to the Liberal federal governments national carbon tax paln.

    In 2017, Pallister announced Manitoba would enact a $25-a-tonne carbon tax and keep it at that rate. The province's plan was not in tune with the federal government's call for a carbon tax that would start at $10 a tonne this year and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. The feds warned that if the provinces failed to comply, a national plan would be imposed upon them. Pallister also left the door open to joining Saskatchewan and Ontario in legal action against the federal plan. (Source: Canada Press, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, (204)945-3714,,

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    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-05
    "I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

    The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's position on the Liberal governments national carbon tax.

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    Washington State Carbon Fee Could Raise $1Bn by 2023 (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Tax,Carbon Fee
    Date: 2018-09-19
    In Washington State, a proposed $15 per metric ton carbon fee charged to the state's largest polluters like oil industries and other large emitters is projected to raise as much as $1 billion by 2023, if approved by the state's voters in the next general election.

    Since the initiative is a fee and not a tax, all of the money raised by the fee is reequired by state law to go directly towards the issue. Of the total fees collected, 70 pct will go towards clean energy like solar, cleaner transportation and other industries and technologies. Twenty-five pct will be used for forest maintenance and cleaning pollution from the environment, and 5 pct would go to community projects. Washington would be the first state to approve a carbon fee though an election if approved. (Source: Various MediaKIMATV, 18 Sept., 2018)

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    Notable Quote

    Date: 2018-09-10
    "When the central problem is the damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, the cleanest and most efficient way to address it is to tax those emissions." -- Janet Yellen , Former Head of the US Federal Reserve

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    ABC Clarifies Statements on Proposed Canadian Clean Fuel Standard (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Advanced Biofuels Canada
    Date: 2018-08-31
    Reporting from Vancouver, Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABC), Canada's national industry voice for the low carbon biofuels necessary for Canada to successfully implement a proposed federal government Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), offers the following commentary by President Ian Thomson:

  • An average driver under BC's low carbon fuel standard has paid $16/year less than they would have paid for gasoline alone since 2010 (Navius 2018);

  • Carbon pricing can be effective in reducing industrial emissions, but is largely ineffectual on transportation emissions due to market failures (lack of competition), design failures (in the carbon tax systems), and the broad absence of practical fuel alternatives;

  • Existing provincial renewable and low carbon fuel regulations do not duplicate the CFS; to the contrary, compliance with them will do much of the work to ease the CFS requirement;

  • Provinces continue to assert their sovereignty over energy and climate regulation -- this refutes refiners' claims that the provinces should rescind their 'duplicative' regulations and be ruled by federal regulations (which they also oppose);

  • Provincial and federal fuel regulations have negligible actual overhead costs, in contrast to refiners' claims that the CFS will be costly to administer. Public filings by one large refiner with $4.5 billion of 2017 net earnings show its 2017 compliance and administrative costs associated with the BC low carbon fuel standard to be 0.009 pct of net earnings of $0.4 million;

  • Because imported liquid transportation fuels must also meet low-carbon content requirements, competitiveness issues for refiners relative to blending low carbon fuels into gasoline and diesel are addressed. This may not be the case for gaseous and solid fuels, or liquids used in petroleum refinery processes.

    Modelling by a number of CFS stakeholders shows that a minimum of two-thirds of the compliance for the 2030 CFS target can be met with liquid fuels. This significantly lowers the potential cost of compliance with the gaseous and solid fuels CFS components for Canada's industrial sector. In addition, there is considerable positive economic growth that will be realized by investments in clean fuel production and use.

    Transportation fuels make up 80 pct of the liquid fuels used in Canada, and their climate change emissions are rising. Many in the industrial sector see the rationale for Canada to largely follow the design of low carbon fuel standards successfully operating for almost a decade in British Columbia and in California.

    Download the Canadian clean fuel standards regulatory framework HERE. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 28 August, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, (604) 947-0040,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  Canada Clean Fuel Standard,  Biofuel,  

  • Notable Quote
    Progressive Policy Institute
    Date: 2018-08-29
    " (Republican Senator John) McCain's advocacy of carbon pricing played a key role in getting mainstream Republican economists, at least, to admit it was the most efficient climate policy. Unfortunately, the rabid anti-tax ideology of Grover Norquist has won out, leading most in the GOP to deny the climate problem rather admit that taxing carbon is the best solution." -- Paul Bledsoe, Energy Fellow and Strategic Adviser, Progressive Policy Institute, commenting on recently deceased Arizona Senator John McCain's position on carbon taxes and climate change.

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