Germany has set the most ambitious agenda for renewable energy. According to Germany’s Enegiewende program, the share of renewables in electricity generation should reach 45 percent by 2030 and 100% by half century. Complicating matters is Germany’s Atomstop decision to close down its nuclear power plants under pressure from the powerful Green movement.
A carbon tax is the simplest and economically most efficient way to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Ideally, the tax would be imposed on businesses and households at the same time that cumbersome environmental regulations are eliminated.
If the primary goal for the Sierra Club and other top environmental organizations is the reduction of emissions, as they would like the public to believe, they would support a revenue neutral carbon tax like the one proposed by Initiative 732, a Washington State ballot measure whose fate will be decided today.
The California Energy Commission and the Department of the Navy met at Stanford University's Hoover Institution on October 12th to formalize a partnership to help Navy and Marine Corps installations in the state transition to renewable energy alternatives to meet California and the U.S. Department of Defense climate and energy goals.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed two high-profile anti-climate change bills – Senate Bill 32 and Assembly Bill 197 – which double down on California’s already aggressive environmental efforts despite the fact that they aren’t working as planned.