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Cap and Dividend: Charge Polluters for Ruining Shared Atmosphere

Peter Barnes, author of Climate Solutions: A Citizen’s Guide, was recently quoted on The New York Times DotEarth blog by columnist Andrew Revkin in an article discussing the differences between the Cap-and-Trade approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the Cap-and-Dividend approach. From the article:
I wrote about the cap and dividend climate strategy several times in January when it was floated by Peter Barnes, a pioneer in socially and environmentally focused investing. Mr. Barnes says the only approach that guarantees deep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions is to sell a steadily declining number of permits to emit the gas — forcing polluters to pay the full cost of using the shared atmosphere — and returning the revenue to citizens in a streamlined way, as in the Social Security system. […] In Dr. Hansen’s approach, a straightforward rising tax is imposed on the carbon content of fuels, instead of Mr. Barnes’s notion of a shrinking supply of purchased, and traded, permits. But the basic concept, making polluters pay while shielding consumers from rising costs, is the same. […] This morning, I asked Mr. Barnes for his reaction to Dr. Hansen’s hybrid. He said it was great. “Whether a tax or cap, it amounts to the same thing in terms of the impact on prices” of fossil fuels, he said. “In the end, Congress will choose, and I think they’ll choose a cap.”
Read the full article here.


Author Petra Kuenkel: The Art of Leading Collectively

More than ever before, there is a focus on new, collective forms of leadership—and an urgency to get collective change processes underway, all over the world. What’s behind the recent push to move collective leadership to the fore? Whether we find ourselves in societal or organizational change, it requires collective energy and drive to bring […] Read More

10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More

Top 8 Chelsea Green Books the Self-Styled Oregon Militia Should Read

The ongoing armed militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is showing no signs of ending — so, rather than send them snacks, or sex toys, we had an idea: Send them a book! Better yet, send them several Chelsea Green books. Don’t worry, we’ve picked five key titles that we think […] Read More

Author David Stroh: First Steps to Becoming a Systems Thinker

Systems thinking is often seen as something relegated to scientific and business analysis – economics, resource depletion, and climate. However, Systems Thinking for Social Change focuses on how to use systems thinking to make breakthrough progress on intransigent social problems. We asked author David Stroh how this approach can make an impact, and how readers […] Read More

Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems—such as temporary shelters increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation?After decades of helping change-makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that both demystifies systems thinking and shows how it can lead […] Read More
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