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Disaster in Tennessee, wind, solar, and the end of coal

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Two excellent clips showing the contours of the debate going on in the US. Note that even the “skeptics” are simply querying the viability of raising capital during the GFC – they are not questioning the value of switching to clean energy. Particularly, as is referenced, in the wake of December’s disaster at a Tennessee coal plant (which only goes to prove that eliminating coal is an imperative whether or not climate change science turns out to be accurate).


Written by Gabriel Sassoon

May 8, 2009 at 6:50 am

Of ostriches and forward-thinkers: US policy evolves

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It would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic: the Republican House Minority leader, John Boehner, told George Stephanopoulos that the idea that CO2 is harmful to the environment is “almost comical”.

George, the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you’ve got more carbon dioxide… The question is how much does man have to do with it, and what is the proper way to deal with this?

Stephanopolous could barely believe it himself – that a top elected official could still espouse such views just has to be seen to be believed:

The good news is that there’s seriously positive action happening where it matters. As David Niebauer writes at Cleantechblog.com, congressmen Waxman and Markey introduced a cap-and-trade bill in late March that would enable reduced deforestation in tropical rainforests -anywhere in the world – to be purchased as carbon credits. The EPA reckons that the scheme will cost just “pennies a day”.

It seems that finally public policy is catching up with the necessity that I’ve blogged about before – for us to price the externality of rainforest depletion into the economy. And it proves the point that it is virtually irrelevant what the skeptics say: the paradigm shift to the clean economy has reached an inflection point. It’s only going to snowball from here.

Written by Gabriel Sassoon

April 22, 2009 at 9:17 am