by EARTH POLICY INSTITUTE on APRIL 8, 2010
As economic decision makers—whether consumers, corporate planners, government policymakers, or investment bankers—we all depend on the market for guidance. In order for markets to work and economic actors to make sound decisions, the markets must give us good information, including the full cost of the products we buy.
Unfortunately, markets largely ignore the indirect costs of goods and services, thus grossly distorting the structure of the economy. The market price of burning coal, for example, includes only the direct costs, those of mining the coal and transporting it to the power plant. By neglecting More >
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February 1, 2010
The fact that the White House is not including projected revenues from cap and trade suggests that the Obama Administration is acquiescing to the notion that Congress may not pass such legislation, observers say.
Instead, the White House budget includes a “placeholder” for revenues from cap and trade, provided that Congress passes it, reports the New York Times. The placeholder status assumes that no cap and trade revenues will be coming into the Treasury.
The More >
Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) — Garth Edward, director of environmental products at Citigroup Inc., talks with Bloomberg’s Rishaad Salamat about the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi and investment in renewable sources.
Written by Susan Kraemer
Published on January 1st, 2010
The first carbon tax to reduce the greenhouse gases from imports comes not between two nations, but between two states. Minnesota has passed a measure to stop carbon at its border with North Dakota.
To encourage the switch to clean renewable energy Minnesota plans to add a carbon fee of between $4 and $34 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions to the cost of coal-fired electricity, to begin in 2012, to discourage the use of coal power; the greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
State officials in North Dakota are mounting a legal battle against Minnesota. More >