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February Discussion
By Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL-22)
U.S. Representative, Florida, 22nd District
This is the last week of our discussion on Rep. Ted Deutch 's Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763). Add a new comment or reply to comments in the discussion to let him know what you think!
1. Does a price on carbon need to be part of any larger effort to reduce carbon emissions?

2. What are other ways revenue from a carbon fee could be used? Is returning 100% as a monthly dividend to Americans the best use?

3. A carbon fee will not resolve all of the problems of climate change. What other policies could complement a carbon fee policy?
New Comments
" The rational strategy is (1) a carbon tax, (2) rebate to citizens and (3) a large research, development and demonstration program for new technologies. A carbon tax is the only workable strategy because of the extreme complexity of our energy system and the many feedback loops. .." - Charles W. Forsberg , Executive Director, MIT Nuclear Fuel Cycle Project
"I was in favor of the carbon tax in the past, but now feel that the political capital it would take to pass the tax is not worth spending . Rural solar and onshore wind are both now the cheapest generation sources. Other resources are competitive in some places and will soon be competitive everywhere.... What I have just read and would like to put forward as an alternative is a moratorium on investment in fossil facilities ..." - Jane Twitymer , Principal, CACW|Watts
"It’s exciting that banks are moving in this direction and other private companies like Microsoft have committed to being carbon negative. But we are so far behind the eight ball on climate that even if banks and other companies do the right thing starting now and governments start taking action, a positive outcome is still not assured .... Therefore, the only rational approach is to implement all the needed policies ...." - Dan Miller , Managing Director, The Roda Group
Upcoming March Discussion: Energy storage - starting next week!
Source: InsideClimate News , in article " Inside Clean Energy: Tesla Gets Ever So Close to 400 Miles of Range ," in section, "Solar Jobs Are Rising in 31 States. Here's a Look at Utah," Dan Gearino, February 20, 2020, chart with data from Solar Foundation and BW Research.
New Publications in the OurEnergyLibrary
Citizens Utility Board
February 10, 2020
Atlantic Council
Global Energy Center
January 28, 2020
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Podcast Spotlight

In this edition of Columbia Energy Exchange , host Bill Loveless is joined by Ethan Zindler, head of Americas for the research service BNEF, and Lisa Jacobson, president of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a coalition of companies and trade associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors.

America’s preferences for energy have changed substantially over the past decade, with natural gas, renewable energy, and energy efficiency all recording big gains. Now, a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy sheds light on just what happened over that time and suggests what may lie in store over the next 10 years.
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