The ‘Death Rattle’ of Carbon Policy

In both the EU and the US carbon policy correctness has run its course having been discredited by scandal, the persistence of scientific method, and public pressure to recognize market realities. The proponents of carbon policy changes are caught between panic and despair. They came so close to implementing their policy regimes, and cannot now Read more about The ‘Death Rattle’ of Carbon Policy[…]

Federal Judge Blocks California AB 32 Low Carbon Fuel Standard

California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 or AB32 as it is often called was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For a while it was thought this law would be made obsolete by the passage of Federal Cap and Trade legislation.  But after cap and trade failed to in support in Congress and the Read more about Federal Judge Blocks California AB 32 Low Carbon Fuel Standard[…]

Beware the Big Green Wall Ahead

As individual citizens and consumers we favor environmental responsibility and the use of clean energy.  We get it, we do. There is broad public support for environmental laws and regulations that force businesses to clean up their act and not dump their waste products into our air and water.  Since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring we Read more about Beware the Big Green Wall Ahead[…]

Judgment Day for AB32 and it’s not Rapture

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith enjoined the State of California from “engaging in any cap and trade-related activity.” After ruling in March 2011 that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) failed to properly consider options to its cap and trade program in conducting its environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Read more about Judgment Day for AB32 and it’s not Rapture[…]

EU Carbon Tax "Reform" Hits Everyone

The European Commission is proposing a new kind of energy tax to be made applicable across the EU.  The scheme seeks to tax transportation and heating fuels based upon their Btu content and CO2 emissions rather than volume sold.  One argument for this change in approach is that more energy efficient vehicles and growing public Read more about EU Carbon Tax "Reform" Hits Everyone[…]

California AB32 Cap and Trade Rules ‘Lift Off’

By a 9-1 vote the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted rules putting the cap and trade requirements of AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 into effect at its meeting December 16, 2010.  The AB32 cap-and-trade rules will make California the largest U.S. emissions allowance trading market once this “soft start” regime Read more about California AB32 Cap and Trade Rules ‘Lift Off’[…]

CCX Gets Iced

There is an inconvenient truth about carbon trading that is sinking in at the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).  The truth is you just can’t make any money at it on a voluntary basis without the hammer of cap and trade legislation hanging over the heads of business.  So the parent of CCX announced it will Read more about CCX Gets Iced[…]

Prop 23 helps economy says California Legislative Analyst Opinion

California’s independent Legislative Analyst opinion on the costs and benefits of passage of Proposition 23 in the November election were released October 1st.  On balance, the LAO concludes that lower regulatory costs and lower energy prices that can reasonably be expected by suspending AB32 greenhouse gas emissions requirements in California outweigh the downside risks. The Read more about Prop 23 helps economy says California Legislative Analyst Opinion[…]