FRISCO — The international aviation community last week took another small step toward capping greenhouse gas emissions by agreeing to develop a global market-based measure to cap international aviation’s carbon pollution at 2020 levels.
Oregon, Washington and British Columbia all support carbon pricing
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — The U.S. as a whole may still be a few years away from being ready to enact a carbon tax, but that isn’t stopping the Pacific Coast Collaborative from moving ahead with new ways of addressing the true cost of fossil fuels and accounting for the environmental impacts associated with using fossil fuels that are detrimental to the health and well-being of our communities — and future generations.
For the first time, the Governors of California, Oregon and Washington, and the Premier of British Columbia, have collectively voiced support for pricing carbon, with a joint announcement coming just as California holds the first auction of its cap and trade program. Continue reading “Pacific Coast region eyes new carbon policy”→
Bill would allow U.S. airlines to disobey duly passed carbon cap regulations
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Congress didn’t accomplish much the past few months, but in one of its last acts before recessing for the upcoming campaign season, the U.S. Senate did manage to throw a monkey wrench into European Union plans to try and cap greenhouse gas emissions from passenger jets.
That’s symbolic for a Congress that has been focused primarily on obstruction for the past two years, and shows how U.S. politicians are out of touch with the global move to try and tackle global warming. That’s probably why the bill was was passed under cover of the night — at 2 a.m. Saturday, to be exact, when nobody was looking. Continue reading “Congress tries to thwart EU action on airline emissions”→
Senate committee passes bill that could block U.S. airlines from joining an EU carbon-reduction plan
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — While much of the world is trying to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from the commercial air travel, U.S. politicians seen intent on trying to stymy progress in the airline sector.
The Senate Commerce Committee this week passed a bill (S.1956) that would give the U.S. secretary of transportation authority to ban U.S. airlines from participating in the European Union’s Emissions Trading System if he thinks it serves the public interest. The bill does not ban U.S. airlines from participating in the EU system.
“Passage of this disappointing and short-sighted bill today seems only to decrease the odds of action at the international level by calling into question the status of the one lever that actually moved the International Civil Air Organizationto have serious discussions after 15 years of inaction – the EU Emissions Trading System,” said Annie Petsonk, international counsel for Environmental Defense Fund.
“This bill now ups the pressure on the Obama administration to produce a solution at ICAO. We are happy to see the text at least encouraged international negotiations at ICAO, which we believe hold the key to a global agreement to reduce aviation emissions.
“Legislation that blocks American companies from obeying the laws of the countries in which they do business is almost unprecedented in U.S. history, showing up most recently when Congress barred American firms from suborning apartheid in South Africa,” Petsonk said. “How disconcerting that airlines, which are spending significant funds touting their environmental friendliness, are acting as though an anti-pollution law is as grievous as a massive human rights violation.”
Leading climate economist argues that carbon tax would reflect true cost of global warming impacts
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The oft-discussed cap and trade model for limiting carbon greenhouse gas emissions is inefficient and ineffective, according to Yale climate economist William Nordhaus, who last week advocated for supplementing or replacing cap-and-trade with a flat carbon tax that reflects the true environmental and societal costs of global warming.