Building a Green Economy talk (video)

From the conference: Energy Security: Building Our Future in the Southern Tier. On Conservation, Efficiency & Renewables. Corning Community College November 12, 2011 Building a Green Economy: On the Economics of Carbon Pricing & the Transition to Clean, Renewable Fuels Joseph Robertson [ ‘Building a Green Economy Joseph Robertson’ from Shaleshock Media on Vimeo. ] … Continue reading Building a Green Economy talk (video)

Solving Climate to Save the Economy

A carbon fuel reimbursement—a carbon correction fee with 100% household return—is designed to span the entire marketplace, so that citizens, families and small businesses can drive change toward the systems that will create the most liberating, prosperous, sustainable future. This HaikuDeck slideshow details the basics. In short: Charge a fee to any entity that introduces … Continue reading Solving Climate to Save the Economy

Carbon Fuel Reimbursement: America’s Christmas Bonus

All I want for Christmas is you… … supporting a carbon fuel reimbursement for American families. Here’s why: we are living in what could be described as a “carbon bubble economy”. Market forces have failed to price carbon-dioxide-emitting fuels accurately, and so we have been experiencing a protracted economic boom, based in part on the … Continue reading Carbon Fuel Reimbursement: America’s Christmas Bonus

Building a Green Economy – presented at Corning Energy Conference

On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, I had the great privilege of delivering the Building a Green Economy talk at the Energy Security conference in Corning, New York. I had the added privilege of headlining the conference with the great Bill McKibben, whose work organizing millions to raise their voices for responsible energy and climate policy … Continue reading Building a Green Economy – presented at Corning Energy Conference

Carbon Fee and Dividend: to Spur Job Creation, Industrial Boom

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Carbon → Fee → Dividend → Simple

  •    Fee on carbon-emitting fuels, at the source (mine, well, port of entry)
  •    100% of revenues returned, in equal shares, to every household, every month
  •    Non-protectionist border adjustment, to ensure level playing field
  •    Power over energy economy returned to consumers
  •    Major energy-sector investment flows to clean, renewable resources

The conventional wisdom on action to reduce carbon emissions is that it must be expensive, harmful to the economy, and result in less productive power generation. This is a blatant falsehood based on the outmoded idea that combustion is the most favorable way to harvest energy. All systems of carbon taxation or carbon emissions capping operate on the principle that applying economic pressure in a targeted way can inspire markets to change their behavior. This is the very logic of market-based economic systems.

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