A Plan to Build 100% Clean Renewable Energy in the US before 2040

By Tom Solomon                                           Rev 1 Aug 14, 2016

Wind & Solar

There really is a feasible way to build our way out of the climate crisis in time to avoid the worst effects of global warming. We do it by rapidly replacing all fossil fuel-based energy with renewable energy built with current technology, installed in a smart grid. We pay for it without damaging the economy and actually save money vs. our current reliance on fossil fuels. The ‘side benefits’ include cleaner air, cleaner water, less disease, more jobs and a livable climate. (More…)


The Imperative of a Carbon Fee and Dividend

By James E. Hansen                                           Jan  2015

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Abstract and Keywords

This chapter discusses the importance of a carbon fee and dividend in minimizing the impacts of climate change on humanity and nature. Before outlining the policies needed to produce a rapid phase-out of fossil fuel emissions, it enumerates the fundamental flaws of the Kyoto Protocol from the standpoint of climate science. One flaw is the “cap” mechanism, which purports to reduce carbon emissions at the rate required to stabilize climate but fails to provide universal price signals that would reward efforts to reduce emissions. Another flaw concerns “offsets” that allow nations to limit reduction of fossil fuel emissions. This chapter argues that the Kyoto Protocol’s cap-and-tradewith-offsets approach must be abandoned and replaced with an approach that phases out fossil fuels in an economically efficient manner, such as utilizing carbon-free energy sources like renewable energy and nuclear power. Specifically, it proposes a flat (across-the-board) rising fee (tax) on carbon emissions. It also explains how such an approach may be implemented both nationally and internationally. (More…)


The Climate Mobilization Victory Plan

By Ezra Silk                         · Foreword by Paul Gilding                             · Rev 1, August 19 2016

DRAFT FOR COMMENTARY

Breakdown of Global Greenhouse Gas Emmisions(2005)

The hard truth is the climate has deteriorated significantly since 2009 and this appears to be now accelerating. There is no time left for multi-decade transition scenarios. At this late hour targets based around 2050, or calls for only zero emissions (without drawdown and cooling), are clearly not sufficient. They risk an unthinkable defeat by putting off the very concrete steps we need today. That is why I am so pleased that The Climate Mobilization has written this Victory Plan. It tangibly demonstrates how the U.S. could eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, contribute to a global effort to restore a safe climate and reverse ecological overshoot through a massive WWII-scale mobilization. (More…)

 


Carbon Tax Center – Pricing Carbon Efficiently and Equitably

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Carbon Tax Effectiveness

Estimated CO2 Reductions from a Briskly Rising Carbon Tax

The Carbon Tax Center considers former Rep. James McDermott’s “Managed Carbon Price Act,” to be one of the two most effective climate measures ever introduced in Congress. (The other, the “America’s Energy Security Trust Fund Act” introduced in 2009 and re-introduced in 2015 by Rep. John B. Larson, chair of the House Democratic Caucus and fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, had a similar price and ramp-up and therefore a similar emissions reduction profile.) The McDermott bill would have established a national carbon tax starting at a rate of $12.50 per metric ton of carbon dioxide, rising annually by the same $12.50/metric ton (those figures equate to $11.34 per U.S. or “short” ton). (More…)


Citizens Climate Lobby’s Climate Solution

CCL-The Basics of Carbon Fee and Dividend

A Carbon Fee and Dividend

How Carbon Fee and Dividend Works

1. Place a steadily rising fee on fossil fuels
2. Give 100% of the fees minus administrative costs back to households each month.
3. Use a border adjustment to stop business relocation.

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