Thursday, May 10, 2012

James Hansen Pushes Fee & Dividend in NY Times Piece

From James Hansen’s landmark article in today’s New York Times: a resounding endorsement of Carbon Fee and Dividend:

"We need to start reducing emissions significantly, not create new ways to increase them. We should impose a gradually rising carbon fee, collected from fossil fuel companies, then distribute 100 percent of the collections to all Americans on a per-capita basis every month. The government would not get a penny. This market-based approach would stimulate innovation, jobs and economic growth, avoid enlarging government or having it pick winners or losers. Most Americans, except the heaviest energy users, would get more back than they paid in increased prices. Not only that, the reduction in oil use resulting from the carbon price would be nearly six times as great as the oil supply from the proposed pipeline from Canada, rendering the pipeline superfluous, according to economic models driven by a slowly rising carbon price."

Spread the word. Ask those you know who care about the environment, the security of our democracy, and the future of our families and communities, to read this article and to share it: nytimes.com/2012/05/10/opinion/game-over-for-the-climate.html

Monday, November 7, 2011

Zwick: Climate Debate is Over. Let’s Tap Markets to Save Trees, Planet & Ourselves

Our economy is changing our climate in dangerous ways, and the latest figures show it’s getting worse, with greenhouse gas emissions up a nauseating and unforgiveable 6% in 2010, despite the global economic slowdown. If you’re one of these self-proclaimed “skeptics” who still deny that man caused this mess and that man must fix it, then you’ve sacrificed your credibility as a sentient human being.

That’s the take-home message from the Berkley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) Study, which was funded in part by the Koch Brothers and headed by Richard Muller, a vocal critic of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  BEST examined the evidence that “Climategate” supposedly suppressed, and published its conclusion in mid-October.

“We find that the global land mean temperature has increased by 0.911 ± 0.042 C since the 1950s (95% confidence for statistical and spatial uncertainties)” the authors wrote on the very first page.  “This change is consistent with global land-surface warming results previously reported, but with reduced uncertainty.”

That means that everything you have heard about “institutional bias” among scientists in the IPCC is wrong.  It means everything you have heard about the rate of global warming slowing down in the last decade is wrong.  It means that, if anything, the earth is warming faster than the cautious scientists of the IPCC stated, and all signs point to mankind as the culprit.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Save our Climate Act of 2011 (complete transcript)

This is the full text of the Save our Climate Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) in the United States House of Representatives, on October 25, 2011. 

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From Rep. Stark’s statement of introduction on the floor of the House

A steadily rising carbon tax will provide the certainty American businesses needs to make the long-term investments in new energy sources that will break our addiction to fossil fuels.  The United States can be the leader in green energy.  A carbon tax will help to unleash American innovation and create jobs.  That is why economists across the ideological spectrum—from Arthur Laffer and Alan Blinder on the right, to Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz on the left—have endorsed the idea.  Through border adjustments, my legislation will protect American manufacturers and ensure that imported goods from countries like China are not given an unfair advantage over American products.

At a time of deep budget cuts meant to reduce the deficit, a carbon tax can be part of the deficit solution.  My legislation will dedicate $437 billion toward deficit reduction over 10 years.  In addition, the Save Our Climate Act will protect families from increased energy prices.  Revenue generated will be distributed back to individuals as a yearly dividend to all Americans. The average dividend in the first year of the bill would be $172 per person, rising to $761 in the fifth year and $1126 in the tenth year. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

On the Front Line of Climate Change & Displacement: Brookings

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The “Regional Workshop on Internal Displacement Caused by Natural Disasters and Climate Change in the Pacific” was held in Suva, Fiji from 4-6 May 2011 as a joint initiative of the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, the Regional Office for the Pacific of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The workshop brought together representatives of governments, international organizations and civil society from seven Pacific countries—Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu—to examine and reflect on the implications of natural disasters and climate change in the region. We are grateful to the UN for its collaborative spirit in organizing the workshop and for the background documents prepared by their offices; for the past few years we have found ourselves relying on and promoting the protection tools developed by the UN Humanitarian Team in the Pacific. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Climate Change Testimony (video + transcript)

In this address on the floor of the United States Senate, from October 13, 2011, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) delivers one of the most thorough and committed arguments for immediate comprehensive action to mitigate the effects of human-caused climate destabilization ever heard in the United States Congress.

The following is a transcript of his remarks, from the Congressional Record

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