Tag Archives: carbon price

Are Ivory Towers sustainable? Do political scientists use the scientific method?

No, no, no, certainly not.  The following comes from academician Robert Kuttner writing about carbon (or so he thinks), markets (or so he thinks) and too much freedom (or so he thinks).  BTW, ivory is 30% collagen, which contains the “C” word. Not sustainable.  Unfortunately, gross ignorance of real science seems to be flourishing.

‘But in the world where we actually live, markets do not produce the “right” price. There are many small examples of this failure, but also three immense ones that should have discredited the libertarian premise by now. Global climate change is the most momentous. The price of carbon-based energy is “correct”—it reflects what consumers will pay and what producers can supply—if you leave out the fact that carbon is destroying a livable planet. Markets are not competent to price this problem. Only governments can do that.’

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Navigating the American Carbon World (with the UN)

There is much activity in the UN climate arena at the moment, as they push for yet another “Global Agreement on Climate Change”

At the moment, UNFCC executive secretary, Christina Figueres is boasting that they have an agreement to come to an agreement by 2015. Whilst it is to be hoped that this agreement to agree goes the way of previous ones, it highlights that they haven’t gone away and are determined to keep pressing on, no matter that the AGW paradigm is collapsing.

She gave a speech this week in San Francisco, entitled Navigating the American Carbon World
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America Is Only Nation Where Climate Scientists Face Organized Harassment

This wonderful piece of Journalism comes from “Inside Climate News”,  author, Katherine Bagley, 10th September 2012.

“While outspoken scientists of human-caused climate change in the United States endure torrents of freedom of information requests, hate mail and even death threats from skeptics, their counterparts abroad have been free to do their work without fear.

“I feel for my American colleagues and what they’ve had to deal with,” said Tim Lenton, an earth system scientist who specializes in climate tipping points at the University of Exeter  in the UK. Continue reading

Enviro groups say brown-coal carbon tax compo keeps us dirty

THE carbon tax is making Australia more, not less, dependent on the highly polluting brown-coal electricity generators. Billion-dollar subsidies have allowed the Victorian operations to force cleaner base-load power stations out of the market. Continue reading

Aus: Brown profits and Green fury from carbon tax plan

THE Orwellian name of the Gillard government’s carbon tax policy – Clean Energy Future – makes its aim of shifting electricity generation from the dirtiest power stations to the cleanest quite plain. Consumers are entitled to feel somewhat mystified that brown-coal generation – the highest carbon polluter – is largely unaffected by carbon emissions policy. Continue reading

Again with the carbon dioxide “pollution” meme

Australian polluters to save A$2.5 billion in CO2 costs: analyst Continue reading

Aus: Greg Combet defends payouts to dirty power stations

CLIMATE Change Minister Greg Combet has defended the level of compensation to Australia’s dirtiest coal generators amid claims the subsidy weakens the government’s ability to buy out high-polluting plants. Continue reading