Cap and trade

Carbon trading in China: post-modern environmentalism meets classical Marxism

May 31, 2013
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Carbon trading in China: post-modern environmentalism meets classical Marxism

The European Emission Trading System (ETS) is an utterly ineffective attempt to prompt a “market” response to rising carbon emissions. It is ineffective because it has not prompted the allegedly intended market response, and that is because the market has been deliberately blocked from responding—and by the very country, Germany, that led the way in…

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Oilsands and airplanes, pots and kettles: are climate agreements a waste of time?

May 21, 2013
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Oilsands and airplanes, pots and kettles: are climate agreements a waste of time?

“If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations [by reducing greenhouse gas pollution], I will.” Thus spake the U.S. president on February 12 of this year, in his 2013 state of the union speech. Only 77 days earlier, he had signed a bill protecting U.S. airlines from paying a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission fee…

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The political economy of climate funding: the case of the atom

May 2, 2011
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How well is “The Climate” represented when it comes to government spending, organized lobbies, and media coverage? Since its inception in 2006, this blog has covered the issue of carbon pricing—through cap and trade or an outright tax. I have tracked carbon pricing policy development/implementation in Canadian governments at the municipal, provincial, and federal level.…

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Carbon pricing and nuclear power: how to fix cap and trade

July 29, 2010
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Since beginning this blog, I have called for some kind of price on carbon dioxide (CO2), either through a tax or a cap-and-trade system. My reasoning is that this would spur investment in nuclear power, which is, demonstrably, the cleanest way to make electricity on a large scale. Other supporters of a CO2 price, like Lee…

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U.S. zigs on climate, Canada zags

April 27, 2010
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The Canadian government’s follow-the-U.S. strategy on climate policy is still paying off, in petro-dollars. As I mentioned back in December, Canada gambled that the U.S. won’t make any environmental moves that hurt Canada’s oil industry. Of course that is a safe bet: America imports most of its oil, and Canada is its biggest foreign supplier. But with…

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Item 1: if Ontario did not have its nuclear generating fleet, last hour’s CO2 emissions would have been AT LEAST:

5,801 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 359.8 grams

Item 2: Since prorogation of the Ontario legislature on October 15, 2012, provincial gas-fired generating plants have dumped this much CO2 into our air:

14,428,122 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

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