carbon tax

Carbon Tax Chatter

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After Obama’s re-election there appeared to be a significant amount of talk of a US carbon tax, and very little about cap and trade. As a supporter of a carbon tax over cap and trade (see the book The Case For A Carbon Tax for a good outline of the reasons for choosing one over the other) I suspected my Twitter feed may be slightly biased on the issue. So, I decided to do a little data mining of what has gone down on Twitter since the election (using the R package “twitteR” for anyone with those inclinations.)

So, are people now talking more about carbon taxes than cap and trade? Read the rest of this entry »


A dash for coal

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Bloomberg recently posted a rather alarming story into the sharp increase in EU coal use in recent periods. The key and most worrying sentence was:

Burning coal has contributed to a 10 percent increase in EU carbon-dioxide output this year through September

A single year increase of 10% in EU carbon emissions would be a massive setback to the EU’s 2020 emissions, but is it actually true? Read the rest of this entry »