Cap and Trade
Republican senators fled the state last week to prevent Democrats from voting on an expansive cap-and-trade bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
“Nothing is more serious ... than extinction,” said Gov. Jerry Brown as he signed new legislation.
Under cap-and-trade, emitters either buy or are given carbon credits for the right to emit greenhouse gasses. If their emissions
This year, the number of governments involved in the Compact grew by more than 40%, disclosing almost 1300 sector specific
After I've had an opportunity to reflect more calmly and carefully on the implications of the forthcoming Trump presidency for environmental, natural resource, and energy policy, I will return to this topic.
California can play a very important role by showing leadership -- in two key ways. One is to demonstrate a commitment to meaningful reductions in GHG emissions. In this regard, California has more than met the bar, with policies that are as aggressive as -- if not more aggressive than -- those of most countries.
There are a substantial number of issues that negotiators will eventually need to address, and likewise, there are a set of questions that researchers (including within the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements) can begin to address now.
As someone deeply concerned about climate equity in California - that is, ensuring that those communities most at risk from climate change are directly included in our state's cutting-edge efforts to address global warming - I've been in a bit of suspense.
California's Legislature is considering whether to continue the State's Cap and Trade system meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming before it potentially expires in 2020.
The guidance document recommends that agencies quantify a proposed project's direct and indirect emissions, which are the
This week, the California Air Resources Board released new regulations to extend the Cap and Trade program that began in 2006 -- a move that will help bolster the governor's plan to keep California on a path toward clean energy and climate leadership.
"It is often difficult to understand the implications of a planet that is one degree warmer than preindustrial levels in
The inevitable carbon taxes in an evolving clean-energy future are what spooks investors and those accountable to them most. Fossil fuel companies' stubborn refusal to surrender their outdated business models ignores the fact that carbon pricing isn't just imminent, but is likely to work.
In their book "Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet", Harvard economists Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman offer a deep dive into the history of climate science and the rationale behind the drive to put a price on carbon.
Now isn't the time to declare victory and go home. We need to carry on the spirit of collaboration we saw at the Paris climate talks. And we need to hold leaders accountable for their climate promises.
"By using just a small portion of carbon pricing revenue to specifically target low-income households and coal communities
The answer to this challenge might be found in focused responses using high priority policy issues for communities and working environmental remediation, mitigation, and restoration into existing dialogues. For example, I have successfully worked to increase green space construction, smart transit, green jobs, and the revenues industries pay to prevent toxic spills.