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Robert J. Shapiro
Chairman, U.S. Climate Task Force

Robert J. Shapiro

Robert Shapiro, Under Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton administration, is chairman of the U.S. Climate Task Force and Sonecon, an economic advisory group.

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Recycle taxes with a carbon-based tax system

Since this debate began decades ago, the major alternative to cap-and-trade has been a carbon-based tax system, especially one in which the revenues are recycled to reduce other taxes.

By Robert J. Shapiro | March 5, 2010; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (19)

EPA strategy would be enviornmentally unreliable

First, let's get our terms right: The possibility that EPA will regulate greenhouse gas emissions was decidedly not "the Obama administration's fallback strategy." It's come about because the Supreme Court held that EPA is bound under the Clean Air Act to determine whether those emissions pose a danger...

By Robert J. Shapiro | February 25, 2010; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (1)

A policy-in-waiting for a serious climate-change program

The administration's budget proposal to double current loan guarantees for nuclear plants directly reflects the impact of the climate debate on progressives' views on nuclear power.

By Robert J. Shapiro | February 11, 2010; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (5)

Science matters

Worrying today about the effects from climate change that are still far off is not only sound; it's the heart of this issue.

By Robert J. Shapiro | January 5, 2010; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (6)

Cost sharing

Much of this issue is moot, or ought to be, since none of the world's major greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting nations is truly poor. Poor countries simply don't have enough electricity generation, factories, capital-intensive farming and automobiles to produce significant volumes of GHGs.

By Robert J. Shapiro | December 15, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (3)

A minor tempest

This little tempest should remind us that like the rest of us, renowned climate scientists are people with a normal quotient of character failings. Albert Einstein reportedly treated his first wife badly, but that certainly has no bearing on the genius of his scientific achievements -- any more than Pablo Picasso's private behavior devalues his astonishing art.

By Robert J. Shapiro | November 24, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (14)

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; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fraud and abuse likely

In a perfect world, one greenhouse gas emitter paying someone else to reduce their emissions would be equivalent to the first emitter taking comparable steps. In the world that people actually inhabit, such offsets under a cap-and-trade system open many...

By Robert J. Shapiro | October 21, 2009; 07:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

What's Really in Doubt?

There are plenty of uncertainties in the current state of climate science, but there are no serious doubts about the four propositions basic to the push to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: 1) activity is the primary...

By Robert J. Shapiro | October 14, 2009; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (14)

The Urgent Need to Open Up the Debate

The central challenge we face is the same one nearly every other country faces: Assemble the political support for a meaningful system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our current attempt to enact a cap-and-trade system is failing on two counts:...

By Robert J. Shapiro | October 4, 2009; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (2)

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