Following President Obama's announcement of his climate change policy, talk about a "War on Coal" has increased. But has there really been a "war on coal' or is the "War on Coal" just another industry-backed marketing campaign created to rally support?
The energy game is rigged in favor of fossil fuels because we omit the environmental and health costs of burning coal, oil, and natural gas from their prices. Subsidies manipulate the game even further.
Hsu's case for the superiority of a carbon tax over other methods of pricing carbon is throughly and eloquently made. But will it actually help us get past our collective aversion to the word 'tax'? That's frankly the bigger question.
Beyond the headline teaser above, we're reading about Arctic methane emissions, Ryanair complying with the EU airline emission trading program & the efforts of Florida to build climate resilient communities.
Less than two weeks into 2012 and we've got some really interesting climate news we're watching, both in terms of the effects of climate change currently and far in the future (delaying the next Ice Age anyone?).