Plastic and oil are brothers from a dirty mother

What does plastic pollution have to do with climate change? They share a common origin. My environmental awakening came in 2003 at a presentation about the Great Pacific Garbage patch. Biologists were starting to find dead albatross washed up along coastlines with guts full of plastic. I remember thinking to myself, “If we are allowing […]

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Strongest US climate bill in 10 years has bi-partisan support

by Bruce Hagen, Citizen’s Climate Lobby What do “Argus” and “Amory” have in common? On April 18th, they both published opinions supporting the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763. In “The True Cost of Carbon”, the Petaluma Argus Courier writes that global climate change is a local issue. “Fires, exacerbated by global warming, […]

Tax carbon, not people: UN chief issues climate plea from Pacific ‘frontline’

by Kate Lyons, The Guardian Governments around the world must introduce carbon taxes, halt plans for new coal plants and accelerate the closure of existing ones if damage to the Pacific from climate change is to be limited, the UN secretary general has told Pacific leaders on his first visit to the region. Antonio Guterres […]

The tortured tale of two transportation bills

Or how I learned to love the fight for climate change by Jane Bender, Board member of the Center for Climate Protection Here’s the bottom line An overwhelmingly Democratic legislature in the most progressive state in the union cannot pass a study bill on reducing vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions because of one person—the Chair […]

How big business is hedging against the apocalypse

by Jesse Barron, NY Times Rex Tillerson stood under a 32-foot pipe organ at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, explaining how the world worked. It was May 2015, in the middle of an oil-price crash, and Exxon Mobil’s earnings had fallen 46 percent compared with the same quarter the year before. But […]

Big oil: Rebranding green while sabotaging climate solutions

by Zoya Teirstein, Grist To the untrained eye, it looks like the major oil companies that helped get us into this whole climate mess — conglomerates like ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell — are starting to envision a world beyond fossil fuels. A few of them have launched their own campaigns charting a path to a […]

Living with integrity: Fly? Offset? Avoid flying?

Woody’s recent blog on flying drew more views than any other piece of ours in years. This suggests that those who care about the climate but have places to go are wondering what to do. Internally at the Center for Climate Protection, we talk frequently about flying and how to treat it with integrity. You […]

From Greenspan to Yellen, economic brain trust backs carbon tax

by Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg An all-star lineup of economists, from Alan Greenspan to Paul Volcker, is endorsing a plan to combat climate change by slapping a tax on greenhouse gas emissions and then distributing the revenue to American households. All living former Federal Reserve chairs, several Nobel Prize winners and previous leaders of the […]

The oil industry’s covert campaign to rewrite American car emissions rules

by Hiroko Tabuchi, NY Times When the Trump administration laid out a plan this year that would eventually allow cars to emit more pollution, automakers, the obvious winners from the proposal, balked. The changes, they said, went too far even for them. But it turns out that there was a hidden beneficiary of the plan […]

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is betting his reelection on a carbon tax

By David Roberts, Vox The revenue would be returned to citizens as rebates, which might change the politics. Climate policy has taken a remarkable turn up in Canada, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is effectively betting his reelection on the political salability of a nationwide carbon tax. (I can’t believe I just wrote those words.) […]