ExxonMobil Says Climate Change Is Real, Governments ‘Highly Unlikely’ To Do Much About It

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 5:43 am

Yes, human civilization is facing one of the greatest threats it has ever faced and no, we aren’t going to do anything about it. Or so says ExxonMobil in their latest report issued coincidentally on the same day as the latest IPCC report on the dangers of climate change. The report marks a rhetorical turning [...]

Koch Brothers Upset Article Portrayed Them As Resentful Of Other Oil Companies

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 10:44 am

America’s richest brothers, Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries, are upset with the New York Times. Representatives for the family claim that the Times characterized their position on government policies related to climate change. In the piece the reporter notes the Koch brothers have “longtime resentment of the biggest oil companies.” Last week, the [...]

Carbon Taxes, Income Taxes, and Distributional Effects

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 7:45 am

Dave Roberts is right. Environmentalists and green energy boosters will be disappointed when whatever resolution comes of the fiscal slope does not include a carbon tax. This was clear well before Grover Norquist flipped on the idea within 24 hours, but cemented by that action. Conservative wonks outside of government may give their endorsement, but [...]

Norquist Quickly Reverses Course on Viability of Carbon Taxes

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 1:30 pm

My original working assumption on the subject of a carbon tax, basically a levy on fossil fuel usage, working its way into the fiscal cliff negotiations was that I appreciated the thought, but doubted the reality. It’s not that a carbon tax wouldn’t raise revenue and also contribute in a smart way to reducing greenhouse [...]

Climate Change Already Causing $1.2 Trillion in Lost Economic Output, 4.5 Million Deaths Annually

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 12:58 pm

Every time I write about climate change, it’s all I can do not to sigh and think about how doomed we are. Climate change represents one of the most impossible problems to solve purely for political reasons. It’s not a technological deficiency; even if it were, we can clear that hurdle. But this is an [...]

Carbon Emissions Reach Record High in 2010

By: Monday May 30, 2011 11:58 am

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reported that global carbon emissions set a record in 2010, rebounding from the recession to exceed 2008 levels. The EPA found in April that US carbon emissions dipped in 2009, mirroring the rest of the world. But though the recession has recovered in 2010 slowly in the industrialized world, and [...]

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