EPA Quietly Signs Off on State Carbon Taxes (Ben Geman, Frontiers of Freedom)
Last modified: June 5, 2014
We Can Do Better Than Obama’s Climate Plan (US News)
Last modified: June 5, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency will unveil a draft proposal on Monday to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan. The proposed rule amounts to one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change. (emphasis added)
That’s this morning’s breaking news on President Obama’s climate action plan, from NY Times national energy-climate correspondent Coral Davenport. Yet peel back the numbers and the plan turns out to be precious little.
Relative to 2030 emissions projected from current trends, the drop in that year’s U.S. CO2 emissions sought by the President is a painfully modest 355 million tonnes (metric tons). That equates to just 7% of total actual emissions from all sources last year (5313 million tonnes).
To be sure, the business-as-usual (no action) trajectory producing that 355 million tonne figure is mine, not the administration’s. (At the time I wrote this the White House hadn’t translated its percentage target into metric tons of CO2.) [Read more...]
Last modified: June 8, 2014
Post hoc, ergo propter hoc
I took Latin in high school, and I loved unraveling classic phrases like After this, therefore because of this ― a common logical fallacy that attributes event B to event A because A preceded B.
Okay, so that’s not quite what Politico and the New York Times did this week when they linked the sharp drop in power plant emissions in the Northeast U.S. from 2005 to 2012 (“B”) with the regional CO2 trading system known as RGGI (“A”). But they came pretty close:
Politico: Nine Northeastern states already take part in a regional trading network that puts an economic price on their power plants’ carbon output . . . The Northeastern states saw their power plants’ carbon emissions drop more than 40 percent from 2005 to 2012, the trading network told EPA in December — without any of cap-and-trade critics’ apocalyptic expectations for such a system.
The Times: The regional program [RGGI] has proved fairly effective: Between 2005-12, according to program officials, power-plant pollution in the northeastern states it covered dropped 40 percent. [Read more...]
Last modified: June 4, 2014
“This Is What a Holy Shit Moment for Global Warming Looks Like” (E. Kolbert, The New Yorker)
Last modified: May 15, 2014
Crazy Climate Economics (Krugman, NYT)
Last modified: May 11, 2014
Nordhaus Brothers Combine 80 Years in Climate Regs & Analysis (NYT, Coral Davenport)
Last modified: May 10, 2014
Florida G.O.P. Bigs Are Flummoxed as Climate Change Hits Home (NYT)
Last modified: May 9, 2014
Tax Vox Editor: Want to Do Something About Greenhouse Gas? Try A Carbon Tax (Forbes)
Last modified: May 6, 2014
Solving Climate Change Need Not Demand Unconditional Surrender (Bloomberg BW editorial)
Last modified: April 29, 2014