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Archive: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

Understanding UK's approach

In the UK, we have achieved a greater than 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990 (we have legally committed ourselves to reduce emissions by 34 percent by 2020). At the same time, we have enjoyed economic and...

By Nigel Sheinwald | November 13, 2009; 8:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Many examples of what not to do

Efforts to reduce emissions through cap-and-trade schemes have resulted in massive pay-offs and 'pork barrel' politics, wherever they have been introduced. Some countries -- such as Japan -- have made extraordinarily strong promises without any way of delivering. European countries that...

By Bjorn Lomborg | November 12, 2009; 4:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Let's make a plan

Other nations can offer some guidelines as to how the U.S. can address our response to climate change. The Maldives are very concerned about their situation where the average land is only about 4 to 6 feet above sea level...

By Rick Edmund | November 12, 2009; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lessons from Europe

This is precisely the right question to ask as Congress considers climate legislation, and the answer is straightforward. Much of Europe adopted a cap-and-trade system, the European Trading Scheme (ETS); and at least in its initial rounds, it has utterly...

By Robert J. Shapiro | November 11, 2009; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Three fundamentals of climate policy

There are three fundamentals of climate policy. First, policies have to address the emissions from large industrial and power plants. Policy must convince these industries that it will cost too much in the long term to run a plant that...

By Lars G. Josefsson | November 11, 2009; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

Climate policy options

There are basically three policy options for dealing with greenhouse gas emissions -- cap and trade, carbon tax, and policies and measures. For the most part, countries that ratified the Kyoto Protocol have tried the cap and trade approach. Sweden...

By William O'Keefe | November 11, 2009; 6:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Maldive Islands

The Maldive Islands have pledged to go carbon-neutral by 2020. They're building windmills left and right. That's a pretty good goal....

By Bill McKibben | November 11, 2009; 6:12 AM ET | Comments (2)

Be conservative, but acknowledge the future

Whether we are Democrat, Republican or Independent, I believe we all need to be conservative -- trying to conserve the world that we inherited from our ancestors. What will we pass on to our descendants? No, we can't be 100...

By Rick Edmund | November 9, 2009; 8:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

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