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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Climate Bill, GAO High Risk List, Koch Penalty

Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced their fee-and-dividend climate bill. The fee-and-dividend idea puts a price on carbon at its source and rebates most of the money back to US residents. The concept is modeled on Alaska’s permanent fund that rebates oil royalties to state residents. Boxer, who … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BLM Opposes Shale Dev, US Carbon Tax, Calif. ETS, Australia Backs Kyoto

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BLM Opposes Shale Dev, US Carbon Tax, Calif. ETS, Australia Backs Kyoto

The Interior Department issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the west originally slated for oil shale development. The BLM cited environmental concerns for the proposed changes, which are open for a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process before implementation, The Hill said. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: US Carbon Tax, Australia Carbon, EU ETS Oversupply, Renewable Energy Support

A $20 per metric ton carbon tax in the US could reduce the country’s budget deficit by 50 percent over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Research Service. The tax would generate $88 billion in 2012, rising to $144 billion by 2020, reducing US debt by between 12 … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: 54.5 MPG, Carbon Tax Revenue, Solyndra Tax Breaks

The Obama Administration finalized standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025. The standards issued by the Department of Transportation and the EPA follow implementation of the administration’s standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2011-2016. … Read more »