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The Twelve Days of Carbon Pricing

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On the twelfth day of Carbon Pricing my government gave to me,

Twelve MTs regulatory reductions,
Eleven information programs,
Ten provincial policies misaligning,
Nine-ty MT o’trucks a-spewing,
Eight new ways of regulating,
Seven ways to avoid investing,
Six-ty MT of upgraders e-mitting,
Five gold subsidies,
Four–ty baseline megatonnes missing,
Three offset mechanisms,
Two tech fund exemptions,
And an emission accounting scheme from Enron.

Merry Christmas

Written by Dave Sawyer

December 24th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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For richer or for poorer, inaction as always

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I have been saying lately that first we were too rich to take action on climate policy since we couldn’t kill the Golden Goose that is the oil and gas sector and the booming economy. Now, just months later we are too poor. In both cases, inaction was the watchword.

And then along comes an email from Carl Sonnen of Informetrica with the following end quote:

Due to the present economic climate…the light at the end of the tunnel has been switched off

Well said.

Written by Dave Sawyer

December 2nd, 2008 at 2:02 am

Posted in Emissions Pricing