Climate Leadership Council – Washington & London

THE CONSERVATIVE CASEFOR CARBON DIVIDENDS COUNCIL LAUNCH EVENTCo-authored by a who’s who of conservative elder statesmen, this public statement marks the first time leading Republicans put forth a concrete, market-based climate solution. Watch full video of the Council’s high-profile February 8th launch event. Speakers included James A. Baker, III, Martin Feldstein, Ted Halstead, and Greg Mankiw.

Source: Climate Leadership Council – Washington & London

China’s Global Ambitions, With Loans and Strings Attached – The New York Times

It sounds like an impending environmental nightmare. I have added my two cents in the first comment at the other blog.– David Lindsay

Inconvenient News Worldwide

The country has invested billions in Ecuador and elsewhere, using its economic clout to win diplomatic allies and secure natural resources around the world.

“EL CHACO, Ecuador — Where the Andean foothills dip into the Amazon jungle, nearly 1,000 Chinese engineers and workers have been pouring concrete for a dam and a 15-mile underground tunnel. The $2.2 billion project will feed river water to eight giant Chinese turbines designed to produce enough electricity to light more than a third of Ecuador.

Near the port of Manta on the Pacific Ocean, Chinese banks are in talks to lend $7 billion for the construction of an oil refinery, which could make Ecuador a global player in gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products.

Across the country in villages and towns, Chinese money is going to build roads, highways, bridges, hospitals, even a network of…

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ExxonMobil and others are practicing Carbon pricing, quietly– Mark Hertsgaard

This is some of the best writing I’ve ever seen on climate change issues. Mark Hertsgaard in Businessweek:

“Pricing carbon would address what economist Sir Nicholas Stern in a 2006 report called “the greatest market failure in history.” Greenhouse gas emissions cause profound damage—drought slashes crop yields; hurricanes flood subways; rising seas inundate property—but that damage is not reflected in the emissions’ market price. Indeed, the market price is zero: The costs of climate impacts are shouldered by third parties or society as a whole.

Economists from right to left agree that taxing carbon is the most efficient way to cut emissions. A rising, predictable carbon price would unleash the power of the market against climate change, giving both producers and consumers an incentive to shift to lower-carbon energy choices.

ExxonMobil’s approach to carbon pricing was revealed in a September report in the online magazine Yale Environment 360 by Mark Schapiro, author of the book Carbon Shock. Alan Jeffers, ExxonMobil’s media officer, told Schapiro the company has been applying a proxy price to carbon since 2007. The price is different for different countries, and it goes up or down according to how likely ExxonMobil thinks a given country’s government is to regulate carbon.”

I  recommend you take the link below and read the whole article.

Carbon pricing may be the fastest way to cut climate-changing emissions. And ExxonMobil, among others, is already practicing it. Will the politicians follow?|By Mark Hertsgaard

To divest, or not to divest, that is the question? Or is it?

This writer thinks divestment is not a useful tool. Only a carbon tax will change behaviors, which is what is needed.
Apparently, I am not alone. Although 300 professors at Stanford have just called for divestment, there are dissenters.
“But Harvard rejected a campaign by students and 100 faculty to remove fossil fuel holdings from its $32bn endowment, claiming such a move would have only a negligible financial impact.

George Shultz, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan and a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution who has tried to push fellow Republicans to act on climate, said the university should think instead about imposing a revenue-neutral carbon tax.

“I am very much on the side of worrying about climate issues,” he said. But he did not support the divestment campaign, adding: “It’s mainly to make people here feel good.” ”

Professors call on university to recognise urgency of climate change and divest from all oil, coal and gas companies|By Suzanne Goldenberg
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