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Norway Open for Carbon Capture & Storage Business (Int'l. Report)
Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
Date: 2018-08-13
In Oslo, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy reports it is proceeding with an undersea carbon capture and storage (CSS) project which, if successful, will serve as a stepping stone for full scale international operations.

The Norwegian demonstration scale project, which is expected to be online by 2020, will capture emissions from a Heidelberg Cement cplant in Brevik and a waste incineration facility in Oslo. These sites all delivered their concept studies for CO2 capture in the fall of 2017. Each plant plans to capture roughly 400,000 tpy.

Norway began in carbon storage with the Sleipner Project which has stored 1 million tpy CO2 since startup about 20 years ago. It was the first facility dedicated to CO2 storage and was installed as a means of avoiding the Norwegian carbon tax and reducing the CO2 content of natural gas produced in the area, which exceeded the specified European Union limit in CO2 concentration of 2.5 pct. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Design News, Aug., 2018) Contact: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, +47 22 24 90 90,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  

Washington State Votes on Carbon in November (Ind. Report)
Washington State Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-08-10
In Olympia, with the certification of Initiative 1631 Voters in Washington state will decide on the November ballot whether to charge industrial emitters a carbon on their emissions. If passed into law, the proposed fee would start at $15 per metric ton of fossil-fuel emissions and increase annually by $2 per ton. Revenues from the tax would be invested in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment. (Source: TDN, AP, Various Media, 4 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Washington State Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  

Quebec Carbon Market Auction Set for Oct. 3, 2018 (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-08-08
In Quebec City, the government of Quebec's environment ministry is reporting the province will hold its second anticipated sale of carbon units by mutual agreement on Oct. 3, 2018.

The Province of Quebec's regular Carbon Market Cap-and-Trade Auction Notices and Results are HERE. (Source: Province of Quebec, 6 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  Quebec ,  Quebec Carbon Tax,  

Ontario Premier's New Emissions Targets Expected in a "Very Timely Basis and People Don't Have to Worry about That." (Notable Quote)
Ontario Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-08-08
At Queens Park in Toronto, the freshman government of Conservative populist Premier Doug Ford has tabled legislation -- Bill 4 -- to kill the province's cap-and-trade program and repeal the previous Liberal government's climate change plan. The bill gives the new Ford administration sweeping power to set its own targets and create its own climate plan without debate in the legislature nor to be enshrined in law.

The Ford administration's Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Act -- Bill 4 -- was introduced in late July and made good on one of the new Premier Doug Ford's key campaign promises to end the province's carbon price. Another of the premier's campaign promises was "$1 per can beer", which he has reportedly made good on in an uncanny imitation of the equally inexperienced U.S. freshman president "the Donald" Trump.

Bill 4 requires Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips to to set emissions targets without specifying what they should be based on. The bill also calls for Phillips to come up with a climate change plan but doesn't set a deadline for the plan. The Minister is also required to prepare progress reports on the climate change plan on a "regular basis", again without specificity.

It is unclear as to whether the targets will be in line with the internationally agreed Paris Climate Accord targets set in Paris or if and when further details might be revealed.

But not to worry. Again aping Trump, Phillips said the government's climate change plan will come in a "very timely basis and people don't have to worry about that."

"What, Me Worry?" -- Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine fame. (Source: Various Media, iPolitics, 7 Aug., 2018) Contact: Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips,

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

Saskatchewan Strikes Back Against Fed. Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-08-06
"It is our position that the (Canadian) federal government has no constitutional authority to second guess provincial decisions with respect to matters within provincial jurisdiction, yet that is exactly what the federal government is attempting to do by imposing a carbon tax only in certain provinces, like Saskatchewan, based on their evaluation of provincial climate change and carbon pricing policies." said Saskatchewan's new Premier Scott Moe in a statement. The province will "strongly consider" intervening in Ontario's legal challenge to the federal Liberal government of Premier Justin Trudeau's carbon tax imposition plan, Moe added. To that end, the government of Saskatchewan has launched their appeal in opposition of the federal carbon tax. (Source: Office of Saskatchewan Premier the Hon. Scott Moe, Click Lancashire, Independent News, 5 Aug., 2018)Contact: Office of Premier the Hon. Scott Moe,

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Cdn. National Carbon Tax Projections Revealed (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-08-06
As we reported in June, a report on Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's carbon tax prepared by University of Calgary economics professor Jennifer Winter found the impact of Trudeau's carbon tax on a typical Canadian household:
  • At $50 per ton, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia households will be hit with more than $1,000 of carbon tax per year to comply with the $50-per-tonne carbon tax Ottawa has mandated for 2022. Nova Scotia ($1,120) and Alberta ($1,111) will have the highest bills, followed by Saskatchewan ($1,032), New Brunswick ($963), Newfoundland ($859) and Prince Edward Island ($788). The average household in Ontario will pay $707 a year to comply with the carbon tax once its fully implemented.
  • At $100 a tonne, households in Alberta will be slammed $2,223, Saskatchewan will be hit with $2,065 and in Nova Scotia, $2,240. At $100 a tonne, the average price for households in all provinces will be well in excess of $1,000 per year. (Source: University of Calgary, Fraser Inst., Financial Post, 27 June, 2018) Contact: University of Calgary, Prof. Jennifer Winter,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax news,  

  • Carbon Tax Included in Alaska Climate Action Plan Draft (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In Anchorage, Alaska Governor Bill Walker's Climate Action Leadership Team has been discussing a draft plan to tackle climate change, including a carbon tax to cover climate change mitigation and related initiatives and program costs.

    At least seven states have proposed carbon pricing legislation. Carbon pricing is basically this broad term for putting a price on CO2 emissions. It includes things like a carbon tax or a cap and trade program. Alaska's draft plan recommends the state should think about endorsing a national strategy to put a price on carbon while also taking steps to implement its own carbon tax. The most commonly talked about ways that could work is, as fuel comes out of the ground, oil and gas companies would pay a fee. And that cash would be used to help fund various energy efficiency projects and more studies to better understand the impacts of climate change.

    Download the Draft Climate Change Policy HERE (Source: KTOO Public Media, 1 Aug, 2018)

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    Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Capture and Storage ,CCS
    Date: 2018-08-01
    The recently released Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers report provides detailed information on the driving factors and challenges that will define the upcoming development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) market. The report examines existing opportunities in small markets for investors thorough an analysis of the competitive landscape and product offerings of key players including: Babcock & Wilcox, ENGIE, GE Power, The Linde Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Air Products and Chemicals, Aker Solutions, Amec Foster Wheeler, Chevron, Fluor, Hitachi, Net Power, Schlumberger, Shell, Siemens, Statoil, and Sulzer.

    According to the report, the CCS market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.18 pct. up to 2021.

    View report details HERE. Request a report Sample PDF HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports, July, 2018) Contact: Absolute Reports,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Sequestration,  

    Dem. House Hopeful Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Carbon Tax, Renewable Energy Economy (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-07-30
    Freshman democratic-socialist and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commented last Thursday that she wants a "carbon tax and trillions in government spending to transform the U.S. economy."

    "I sat down with a Nobel Prize economist last week, I can't believe I can say that, it's really weird, but one of the things that we saw is if people pay their fair share if corporations and the ultra-wealthy ... For example, as Warren Buffett likes to say if he pays as much as his secretary paid, 15 percent tax rate, if corporations paid, if we reverse the tax bill, raised our corporate tax rate to 28 percent -- if we do those two things and also close some of those loopholes, that's $2 trillion right there," nominee Ocasio-Cortez added.

    "One of the wide estimates is that it's going to take $3 trillion to $4 trillion to transition us to 100 percent renewable economy," the 28-year-old concluded.

    Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is championing Ocasio-Cortez as "the future of our party." Its no wonder that politics is so addictive. (Source: Various Media, Beitbart, 27 July, 2018) Contact: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,;

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

    Nature Conservancy Comments on US Rep. Curbelo's Market Choice Act (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Nature Conservancy
    Date: 2018-07-25
    The Nature Conservancy applauds Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick for sponsoring the Market Choice Act, which is being introduced in the House of Representatives Monday. The Act replaces the federal gas tax with a price on carbon -- $24 per metric ton with an annual increase of 2 percent plus inflation -- that unleashes the market to find the most efficient ways to reduce carbon pollution. The revenue from the legislation would fund current infrastructure repair and provide a surplus of roughly $11 billion per year that could be invested in modernizing and upgrading our infrastructure and provide over 100,000 jobs per year.

    "We're pleased to see a bill that achieves results for people, communities, the economy, and the environment," says Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy. "Our infrastructure needs as a nation are significant, and the current federal gas tax isn't covering the costs. The bill secures funding that will repair existing roads, bridges and railways and also make a significant contribution to addressing the challenges of climate change. By placing a price on carbon pollution and making critical investments in low-carbon technologies, the bill is an important first step in putting the U.S. on a path to a prosperous, clean energy future. It will also enable investments in natural and traditional infrastructure to help coastal communities address the impacts of a changing climate and help fund improvements on agricultural and forest lands to store carbon. All these investments also create jobs.

    "Although many will be attracted to the infrastructure and economic gains in this bill, the climate benefits should not be ignored," says Jason Albritton, Director of Climate and Energy Policy for The Nature Conservancy. "The bill is designed to ensure actual, measurable pollution reductions are achieved through the inclusion of measurable benchmarks and by retaining EPA regulatory authority as a backstop. While we will need to continue the discussion on how to achieve the long-term emission reductions called for by science, the bill offers real solutions that bring measurable results.

    "We look forward to working with diverse stakeholders to advance this legislation and its innovative ideas," says Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy's Co-chief of External Affairs. "Today is an important milestone in the growing bipartisan conversation about finding solutions to the challenges of our changing climate. We are grateful to Mr. Curbelo and Mr. Fitzpatrick for their leadership on this." (Source: The Nature Conservancy, PR, 23 July, 2018) Contact: The Nature Conservancy, (703) 841-5300,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nature Conservancy,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Fla. Republican Tables Federal Carbon Tax Legislation (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-07-25
    Following up on our 20th July coverage, on Monday, Florida Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo tabled "Market Choice" proposals for a new carbon tax to replace a range of fuel taxes. Revenue from the proposed legislation would be used for infrastructure investment.

    The Curbelo carbon proposal is expected to face lively opposition from the bulk of the Republican Party which has attacked the proposed legislation as an energy tax. (Source: Various Media, Business Green 24 July, 2018)Contact: Florida congressman Carlos Curbelo, (202) 225-2778, (305) 722-0160,

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

    Fla. GOP Sponsored Carbon Tax Proposal Expected (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-07-20
    According to E&E News, Republican Florida congressman Carlos Curbelo will next week table legislation calling for a gradually escalating carbon tax. Starting in 2020, the proposal would require fossil fuel companies and manufacturers to pay a fee of $23 per ton for their carbon emissions, rising an additional $2 each year emissions targets aren't met.

    Preliminary modeling shows that the policy would meet former President Obama's climate target under the Paris Agreement -- a 26 to 28 pct reduction in U.S. emissions by 2025, compared with 2005 levels.

    The proposal would eliminate the gasoline tax, stall the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and earmark the lion's share of its revenue to building new transportation infrastructure nationwide. Details of the proposed legislation have not been released. (Source: E&E News. Grist, 18 July, 2018) Contact: Florida congressman Carlos Curbelo,

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

    NWT Touts Planned Carbon Pricing Proposal (Ind. Report)
    Northwest Territories
    Date: 2018-07-13
    In Yellowknife, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), a signatory to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, is touting its planned approach to implementing carbon pricing in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Some of the key components of the NWT approach to carbon pricing include:
  • Introducing a NWT carbon tax on fuels effective July 1, 2019 based on $20/tonne of GHG emissions. This would increase annually to $50/tonne;

  • Excluding aviation fuel from carbon pricing;

  • Rebating 100 pct of the carbon tax for heating fuel for most residents, businesses, and government;

  • Enhancing benefit programs to offset the impact of carbon pricing on NWT families through benefits that will be delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency on behalf of the GNWT;

  • Rebating the NWT Power Corporation for carbon tax payments related to fuel needed to produce electricity, in order to ensure electricity rates do not increase;

  • Establishing rebate program for large GHG emitters to partly offset the impact of carbon pricing and to incent investments to reduce GHG emissions;

  • Investing in GNWT initiatives that reduce emissions and address climate change as identified in the 2030 Energy Plan and NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework.

    The results of the federal-territorial analysis of the impact on carbon pricing in the NWT and the results of the public engagement on carbon pricing completed by the GNWT can be found HERE. (Source: Government of the Northwest Territories, Todd Sasaki, Senior Communications Officer, (867) 767-9151 ext. 14032,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Pricing,  

  • Ford Kills Ontario Cap-and-Trade Funded Energy Efficiency Programs (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-07-05
    Following up on our June 22nd coverage, the Canadian Press is reporting newly elected populist Ontario Premier Doug Ford (Progressive Conservative) has revoked the province's carbon pricing cap-and-trade program that was instigated by the former Liberal government of Catherine Wynne. With the goose that layed the golden eggs dead,Ford's administration will begin winding down all green programs funded through the province's cap-and-trade system this week.

    In his most recent announcement, Ford noted the province will nonetheless honour existing contracts, orders and projects -- such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits -- funded by cap-and-trade. Some existing Ontario energy efficiency rebates were being phased out before Ford officially took office last week. The premier says the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the cap-and-trade program will be paid for using tax base revenue.

    As previously reported, Ford claimed eliminating the provincial cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on campaign promises Ontario the electorate doesn't realistically expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Various Media, Canada Press, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Energy Efficiency Program,  

    Trump Finds a Kindred Spirit in Former Aussie PM Tony Abbott (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Tony Abbott,Trump,Climate Change
    Date: 2018-07-03
    In the Land Down Under, former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the prime minister who signed Australia on to the Paris Climate Agreement, now says Australia should pull out of the treaty to end "the emissions obsession that's at the heart of our power crisis."

    In a recent speech to a group of "climate skeptics", Abbott, who is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP", now says he wouldn't have signed up to the Paris treaty had he known the US would withdraw from it.

    In his speech, Abbott noted: "I didn't anticipate how agreeing to emissions that were 26 pct lower in 2030 than in 2005 would subsequently become a linear progression of roughly equal cuts every year over the next decade." "As long as we remain in the Paris agreement -- which is about reducing emissions, not building prosperity -- all policy touching on emissions will be about their reduction, not our well-being. It's the emissions obsession that's at the heart of our power crisis and it's this that has to end for our problems to ease."

    Other oft repeated Abbott comments include:

    "There are respectable arguments for an ETS but the one Labor (the then governing party) has in mind could easily be expensive and futile. I am wary of a system which creates new vested interests - which an ETS will do. I suspect that a straight carbon tax or charge could be more transparent and easier to change if conditions change or our understanding of the science changes." -- Tony Abbott, ,July 10, 2009

    "I am confident, based on the science we have, that mankind does make a difference to climate, almost certainly the impact of humans on the planet extends to climate." -- Tony Abbott, May 27, 2010 "We do not believe in artificially imposing a carbon price on consumers. There will be no carbon price on consumers under a (my) Coalition government." Tony Abbott, July 19, 2010.

    "Now, we do have policy out there. We've had it out there since February. It basically goes -- it involves going to the market and buying abatements through soil carbon, through tree planting, through businesses that are prepared to change their processes to less emitting ones. It will reduce our emissions by five percent by 2020, so we will achieve our targets. Now, that's our commitment. It's doable. It's deliverable." -- Tony Abbott,16 August, 2010

    "Yeah, look, I never said it (climate change) was a myth. I once used some colourful language describing the so-called settled science of climate change but look, climate change is real, humanity does make a contribution to it and we've got to take effective action against it. I mean, that's my position and that's always been my position but I've never been in favour of a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme." -- Tony Abbott, July, 2011

    (Source: Various Media, Guardian, 3 July, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Trump,  Climate Change,  Tony Abbott,  

    Cdn. National Carbon Tax Projections Revealed (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax,University of Calgary
    Date: 2018-06-29
    In a report on Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's carbon tax to the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, University of Calgary economics professor Jennifer Winter used Statistics Canada energy-consumption data to project the impact of Trudeau's carbon tax on a typical Canadian household:
  • At $50 per ton, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia households will be hit with more than $1,000 of carbon tax per year to comply with the $50-per-tonne carbon tax Ottawa has mandated for 2022. Nova Scotia ($1,120) and Alberta ($1,111) will have the highest bills, followed by Saskatchewan ($1,032), New Brunswick ($963), Newfoundland ($859) and Prince Edward Island ($788). The average household in Ontario will pay $707 a year to comply with the carbon tax once its fully implemented.

  • At $100 a tonne, households in Alberta will be slammed $2,223, Saskatchewan will be hit with $2,065 and in Nova Scotia, $2,240. At $100 a tonne, the average price for households in all provinces will be well in excess of $1,000 per year. (Source: University of Calgary, Fraser Inst., Financial Post, 27 June, 2018) Contact: University of Calgary, Prof. Jennifer Winter,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  

  • Americans for Carbon Dividends Carbon Tax Advocacy Group Launched (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Tax, Exelon, First Solar, AWEA
    Date: 2018-06-22
    The newly launched bipartisan Americans for Carbon Dividends, which follows on an unsuccessful attempt last year from Republicans George Shultz and James Baker to push a price on carbon, would place a $40 per ton tax on CO2 that would increase over time. Some money would be returned to the public through a carbon dividend of approximately $2,000 per year for a family of four.

    Supporters of the policy include Exelon Corp., First Solar and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and the former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, say it's a climate policy that makes economic sense. Exelon has reportedly contributed $1 million to the initiative and AWEA is offering financial support, according to Americans for Carbon Dividends. (Source: Americans for Carbon Dividends, GTM, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Americans for Carbon Dividends ,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Exelon,  First Solar,  AWEA,  

    Friends of Science Society Challenges Cdn. Carbon Tax, Climate Change Policy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Friends of Science Society
    Date: 2018-06-22
    The Canadian carbon tax and climate change policy revolt gained strength as Conservative Premier-elect Doug Ford gave notice he would scrap the present cap-and-trade deal with California and Quebec, as reported by CBC News on June 15, 2018. Ford also has stated he is willing to go to court to challenge the Liberal Canadian federal government's intention to impose a carbon tax on provinces.

    The scientific justification for carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, and the Paris Agreement took another hit on June 20, 2018, when the Financial Post published an article by economist Ross McKitrick laying out flaws in climate simulations (models) upon which carbon taxes and climate policies are based. The article noted: "It also means that greenhouse gas emissions do not have as big an impact on the climate as has been claimed, and the case for costly policy measures to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions is much weaker than governments have told us. For a science that was supposedly 'settled' back in the early 1990s, we sure have a lot left to learn," the McKitrick article said.

    The Friends of Science Society, an independent group of earth, atmospheric and solar scientists, engineers, and citizens, says CO2 from human industrial emissions has nominal impact on climate, there is no significant climate risk and no need to phase out fossil fuels or enact related climate policies.

    Download the Friends of Science Society Challenging the Canadian Federal Government's Carbon Pollution Pricing System Results Report HERE. (Source: Friends of Science Society, PR WEB, June, 2018) Contact: Friends of Science Society, (888) -789-9597,,

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

    Ontario Renewables, Green Renovation Rebates Chopped (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-06-22
    Hard on the heels of the election of Ontario's new Conservative Premier Doug Ford's announcement to scrap the province's 2017 vintage carbon tax -- cap-and-trade program, a post on the website announced the closing of several renewable energy and residential and commercial energy efficiency rebate programs. Existing rebate program commitments will be honoured.

    The rebate program was funded through proceeds from the province's cap-and-trade program through a provincial agency called the Green Ontario Fund. Ontario has earned approximately $3 billion in a series of cap-and-trade auctions since the system was introduced by the Liberals last year. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, Bell Media, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Green Ontario Fund,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  

    Freshman Premier Scraping Ontario Cap-and-Trade to Lower Gasoline, Beer Prices (Ind.Report)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-06-15
    At Queens Park, Ontario's freshman Conservative premier Doug Ford reports he will give notice of the province's withdrawal from the linked carbon pricing market with Quebec and California and issue clear rules for an "orderly wind down" of the system. The newly elected premier will also instruct his equally wet-behind the ears attorney general to challenge the Liberal federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rules requiring provinces to establish a carbon tax or have a tax imposed on them by the feds.

    According to Ford, eliminating the cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on a campaign promise that the electorate doesn't expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important to him than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Various Media, Canada Press, 15 June, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  

    Ontario Greens Support Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-06-01
    Speaking in Ontario, Casey Laonde, the Canada Green Party candidate in the riding of Timiskaming-Cochrane said her party supports a cap-and-trade system where money collected under the system is re-distributed to taxpayers much in the same way that people now get a GST refund cheque.

    In the upcoming June 7 Ontario provincial election, the Progressive Conservative candidate, Doug Ford, is calling for the abolition of the sitting Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne's carbon cap-and-trade program which, according to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, generated an estimated $471 million for the province in the first joint Ontario, Quebec, California cap-and-trade program auction held February 21, 2018. The funds will be invested in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the province's Climate Change Action Plan. (Source: Green Party of Canada, MyWestNippisingNow, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Green Party of Canada,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Tax,  

    WA Carbon Tax Addresses Environmental Justice (Reg & Leg)
    Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
    Date: 2018-05-30
    In Washington State, "communities of color" are reported to be organizing support for Initiative 1631, a state carbon tax that would charge $15 per ton on carbon emissions starting in 2020.

    Front and Centered, an organization that represents communities of color fighting climate change, notes the disproportionate effects, such as higher asthma rates for children of color, in these communities. According to Front and Centered, "(Initiative) 1631 represents an opportunity to put the cost burden back onto the polluters and holds the largest corporate polluters accountable, because our communities, you know, we've been paying our fair share. And now it's time to make it more equitable, in that sense."

    Thirty-five pct of the fee would be earmarked for communities of color. Fifteen-percent of the carbon tax collected would address the oversized energy burden for low-income households, 10 pct would go to Native American tribes affected by climate change, and a $50-million reserve from the fee would assist displaced fossil-fuel workers. Opponents of the measure say companies could pass the cost of the fee onto Washingtonians. Initiative 1631 is supported by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. (Source: Washington Public News Service, 29 May, 2018)

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

    Ontario NDP Candidate Calls for $150 Tonne Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In the upcoming June 7 Ontario elections, Ottawa Centre New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Joel Harden isn't pulling his punches calling for a $150 per tonne carbon tax that will increase gas taxes by 35 cents a litre -- roughly $1.40 per gal. -- a $4,100 in new costs per year for a two-car family.

    The NDP platform says that if elected, the government would use 25 pct of cap-and-trade revenue to help low-income earners in northern and rural Ontarians adapt to a lower carbon lifestyle and $50 million to a home efficiency retrofit program.

    The Progressive Conservative (PC) party says if elected it would scrap the sittingt LIberal government's existing cap-and-trade program and oppose the federal mandated minimum price on carbon emissions. The province's 2017 vintage cap-and-trade system has to date contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers. (Source: Various Media, Edmonton Sun, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, (416) 235-5743,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Cap-and-Trade,  

    Global Carbon Market Up 56 pct, says World Bank (Ind. Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-05-25
    According to a new World Bank report, the global value of carbon pricing schemes has jumped by 56 pct over 2016 to an estimated value of $82 billion. The increase follows the opening of new markets, including China, Chile, Colombia, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Ontario.

    The report notes there are currently 51 carbon pricing initiatives around the world, consisting of 25 emissions trading schemes and 26 carbon taxes. These initiatives cover 20 pct of all global greenhouse gas emissions. The World Bank estimates that receipts from carbon pricing now amount to $33 billion -- a 50 percent increase on the previous year. (Source: World Bank, Climate Action, Other 22 May, 2018) Contact: World Bank, Marcene Broadwater Global Head, Strategy and Business Development, (202) 473-1000,; John Roome, Senior Director for Climate Change,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Market,  

    Global CO2 Emissions Pricing Schemes Worth $82Bn, says World Bank Report (Int'l. Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-05-23
    In a just released report, the World Bank pegs the value of global schemes to put a price on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and designed to reduce greenhouse gases blamed for global warming at $82 billion, as compared to $52 billion in 2017. The report estimates that 25 emission trading schemes and 26 carbon taxes initiatives worldwide cover 11 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, or 20 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions.

    "Looking ahead, this trend is set to continue, as indicated by some of the jurisdictions which are planning carbon price increases," the World Bank report says. "This includes emerging carbon pricing initiatives, which are launching at relatively low price levels, with the intention of scaling up over time," the report added.

    Governments raised around $33 billion in carbon pricing revenues in 2017, compared with $22 billion the previous year, the report said. (Source: World Bank, Economic Times India, 22 May, 2018) Contact: World Bank, John Roome, (202) 473-3373,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  CO2,  GHG,  World Bank,  

    UK Climate Campaigners Call for "Rigged" Clean Energy Investments (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2018-05-21
    In London, the Financial Times is reporting UK Members of Parliament "are warning of a 'dramatic and worrying collapse' of clean energy investments in Great Britain in the last three years." The paper notes that While the UK's share of low-carbon energy roughly doubled in the last decade, the government's annual investment in clean energy dropped 10 pct in 2016 and an additional 50 percent in 2017" leaving some MP's concerned that the drop is threatening the country's ability to meet its climate change targets.

    According to the Financial Times article, unless government rigs the market in favor of clean energy investments it cannot meet its legally binding climate change targets.

    But, as the Guardian recently noted, to boost clean energy's market share government must also penalize or ban fossil fuel investments. Such penalties can come in many forms, not only the obvious ones like carbon taxes and cap-and-trade, but also interminable environmental reviews and permitting delays.

    The UK Department for Business, Investment and Industrial Strategy recently published a proposal to weaken the grip of "under-performing local planning authorities that repeatedly fail to determine oil and gas applications within statutory time frames." The Department seeks to expedite environmental reviews of onshore hydraulic fracturing projects.

    Thanks in part to offshore natural gas production, which is now declining, the UK has "had competitively-priced energy since 1990 whilst reducing carbon emissions across the economy by 49 pct." (Source: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy Competative Enterprize Institute, 20 May, 2018)Contact: UK Department for Business, Investment, and Industrial Strategy,

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    New York ISO Floats Carbon Tax Proposal (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-05-02
    In Rensselaer, the New York Independent Systems Operator (ISO) has released a carbon tax "straw proposal" aimed at getting wholesale energy markets to reflect the state's aggressive decarbonization goals. The proposal would subject all suppliers inside the market to carbon charges, while rules would be developed to ensure imports and exports compete fairly.

    New York is targeting an 80 pct reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, and has been considering placing a price on the emissions associated with electricity generation.

    A draft of the NYISO proposal is HERE. (Source: New York Independent Systems Operator, UtilityDive, 1 May, 2018) Contact: New York Independent Systems Operator, (518) 356-6000,

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    EU Members Seeking Climate Change Target Increases (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-04-30
    The Irish Times is reporting Ministers in charge of climate action in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and Luxembourg have called for a more ambitious strategy to counter global warming in response to "alarming scientific analysis" suggesting current measures will not deliver as hoped.

    According to Brune Poirson, secretary of state to the French minister for ecological transition, said EU countries "must take more action and we must take it faster."

    "Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, member states had agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. However, with the EU's current climate policy these goals would not be achieved," the ministers said in a joint statement. The group added member states "are still divided on climate policy -- especially on a carbon price floor setting a higher price on carbon, which would penalize activities contributing to global warming -- an overhaul of emissions trading schemes for heavy emitters of CO2, and how to exit from the use of coal and nuclear power. The carbon price does not send a strong enough signal, the price isn't high enough, the group statement added. (Source: Irish Times, Various Other, 28 April, 2019)

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    CEI Lauds Resolution Opposing Carbon Tax (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Competitive Enterprise Institute
    Date: 2018-04-30
    Last week in the nation's In the nation's capital, Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and David McKinley (R-WV) introduced H. Con. Res. 119, a resolution "expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy." According to the resolution, a carbon tax is a tax on the fuels that provide 81 percent of all U.S. energy, will increase the price of gasoline, electricity, natural gas, and home heating oil, will force consumers to pay more for necessities like food, gasoline, and electricity, will lead to less economic growth and more businesses and jobs moving overseas, will impose disproportionate burdens on industries in energy-intensive manufacturing regions, and will fall most heavily on the poor, the elderly, and other persons on fixed incomes. The resolution also spotlights the incompatibility between a carbon tax and the energy production boom that "undergirds" U.S. competitiveness.

    The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis said the following about this resolution: "A carbon tax is like all other 'progressive' climate policies. All ratchet up over time until their politically-disfavored victims are financially depleted and politically marginalized. In short, a carbon tax is a form of economic warfare waged by government against otherwise perfectly lawful enterprises. That is not how business is done in a free society and this resolution from Reps. Scalise and McKinley gets it exactly right."

    The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. CEI's mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics. CEI make the uncompromising case for economic freedom because we believe it is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and prosperity to flourish, according to the group's website. (Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute, PR, 26 April, 2018) Contact: CEI, (202) 331-1010 ,,

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