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The Centre for Policy Studies was set up in the 1970s by supporters of Margaret Thatcher such as Sir Keith Joseph. It has remained highly influential amongst Conservative politicians ever since and many UK government policies have started life as proposals from the CPS. So, when we heard that they were investigating carbon pricing, we…

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What a month this is turning out to be! The  Austrian coalition government is planning a Carbon fee and dividend tax, the Guardian has reported a large survey by Demos which shows more support than expected for more carbon taxation in the UK and the Royal Society of Arts is supporting a ‘carbon dividend’ as…

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According to Associated Press (AP), Austria will introduce Climate Income from July 2022. The initial carbon price will be €30 per tonne of CO2 rising to €55 per tonne in 2025. The dividend will be €100 per person per year with children receiving a half dividend. AP also report that there will be some regional…

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Dave Waltham COP26
17th September 2021

September meeting Tues 21st

It’s only six weeks until COP26 – the postponed 2020 UN conference on climate change in Glasgow. The chips are down to reduce emissions and save our liveable climate. Of course there are all sorts of ways reduce emissions, but cutting out greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels will do a big chunk of…

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About a fortnight ago we reported the success of the Citizen:mk campaign to ask Milton Keynes Council to commend a national policy based on Carbon Fee & Dividend (passed unaminously on July 14th). The CCL member who master minded the campaign, Rob Paton, is also a Member of Milton Keynes Quakers and has succeeded in…

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Back in May one of our members, Rob Paton, wrote about submitting a motion to Milton Keynes Council that: Within three months of taking office as Council Leader, will you commit to seeking all-party support for a Council resolution that commends a national policy based on Carbon Fee & Dividend; and meeting with us to discuss appropriate wording for this?  We…

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In April there was a news report on citizen’s juries which were set up in areas which would be most affected by decarbonisation. Their deliberations fed into a cross party environmental justice commission along with business leaders, union leaders and the Institute for Public Policy Research which produced its report on the 14th July. The…

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby UK statement regarding the Environmental Justice Commission Report July 2021 Citizens’ Climate Lobby welcomes the call for a People’s Dividend, as described in the citizens’ juries report by the cross-party Environmental Justice Commission and reported in The Guardian newspaper. Fairness and the emphasis on nature, green spaces and clean energy are essential…

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On Saturday G20 finance ministers endorsed carbon pricing for the first time as part of the tool bag needed to reduce emissions. Such tools include investing in sustainable infrastructure and new technologies to promote decarbonization and clean energy, “including the rationalisation and phasing-out of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption and, if appropriate, the…

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby UK strongly support the Government proposal to offset green energy bills with payouts as reported in The Times today. Boris Johnson has pledged to reach net zero without disproportionately imposing higher costs on customers. Earlier this week he had told MPS that…‘We’ve got to make sure that when we embark on this…