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The Government has been asking people to submit ideas for what kind of carbon pricing we should put in place when we leave the European Union. At the moment we are part of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and we also have our own carbon tax, the Carbon Price Floor (CPF), that…

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Respond to the Government consultation on the best way to tax fossil fuels The Government is currently consulting on carbon pricing, in other words, the best way to price the burning of fossil fuels out of our economy. The more emails they receive by 11th July, the more likely they are to take notice What…

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Charles Appleby, of Saving Our Planet, give his thoughts on the next step for Net Zero The UK Government commitment to Net Zero Greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is very welcome. This higher commitment by the UK Government is an important first step by a major economy towards tackling the global Climate Emergency. This the…

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But then, we don’t really talk to them. Some of us do though. It’s very easy now with social media. You can even tweet animated gifs at your MP. There are plenty to choose from, but it might be better to DM them, or email them. If you really want to go overboard, you can…

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Why All Ways of Pricing Carbon Are Not The Same… Why do fossil fuels continue to provide most of our energy? The reason is simple. Fossil fuels are the cheapest energy. James Hansen, leading climate scientist and former director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

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This is what I’m thinking of asking my MP after getting a reply to my email asking for her and her party’s position on carbon pricing that just lists a load of things her party, Labour, will do to tackle climate change, but doesn’t mention carbon pricing at all, and I’ve barely heard any mention…

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British Steel, an icon of the industrial heritage of the very nation that initiated the Industrial Revolution is on the brink of collapse. Its decline since the 1970s has been precipitous and it is now facing the closure of its last plant in Scunthorpe. Carbon taxes have been squarely blamed for driving up costs that…

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Carbon taxes are a much discussed mechanism for using market mechanisms to incentivise a transition to a zero-carbon energy from fossil fuels, exploiting the innovation and flexibility that markets can provide. However, detractors cite potential economic harm to those on low and middle incomes as a reason to avoid such action. Many such detractors turn…

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This week’s title is not a description of my dream-job.  It’s actually a way forward for all of us.  Too good to be true?   Stick with me and I’ll try to persuade you that I haven’t lost my marbles. I’ll start where I left-off in my previous column–carbon-taxes are an effective way to encourage millions…

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It’s been a dramatic few weeks.  Climate Emergencies were declared by the Scottish, Welsh and UK parliaments last week (and the Irish Parliament this week) whilst, last Thursday, the government’s own Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a report recommending the UK have a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The last few…