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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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The Province of Quebec's regular Carbon Market
Cap-and-Trade Auction Notices and Results are
HERE. (Source: Province of Quebec, 6 Aug., 2018)
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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, www.ola.org/en/members/all/rod-phillips
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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.
According to the report, the CCS market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.18 pct. up to 2021.
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"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, https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez
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"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, www.nature.org
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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, curbelo.house.gov
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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, https://curbelo.house.gov
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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,
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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, www.ontario.ca/page/premier
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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
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 , email@example.com, www.afcd.org
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.friendsofscience.org
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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, www.GreenOn.ca
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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)
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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, www.greenparty.ca
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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)
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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, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-environment-and-climate-change
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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
Strategy and Business Development, (202) 473-1000,
email@example.com; John Roome, Senior Director for Climate Change, www.ifc.org
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"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, http://www.worldbank.org/en/about/people/j/john-roome
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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, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
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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, www.nyiso.com
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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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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 , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cei.org
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