Heavy users of fossil fuels could actually reduce their reliance on it when we ration fossil fuels using Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs). How would these rich people reduce their fossil energy? Continue reading “How rich people would be affected by Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs)”
When George Monbiot wrote his great article (Days of Rage) about the inadequate response of governments to the climate emergency, I read it three times because it felt so important. He said environment groups are arguing the only realistic approach is incrementalism. He said they will campaign, issue by issue, sector by sector, for gradual improvements. But he said that system change was the only fast and effective means of transformation.
Continue reading “Are transformative climate measures too threatening for the establishment?”
OK here is my mea culpa on climate action. I am guilty.
Yes, even though I have read a lot about climate change and the urgency of effective action and have been duly alarmed, even though I am active in climate groups, even though I submitted to the Climate Commission, I still lapse. Continue reading “Government, you are going to have to make me reduce my emissions”
I can’t believe it. We’ve been discussing Emissions Trading Scheme since 1993 in New Zealand and I still didn’t know how to explain it. Although I consider myself a responsible citizen who keeps up with the news I somehow managed to escape from having to learn. Continue reading “We’ve had ETS since 2008 but how much has it affected you?”
Some years ago I read about Tradable Energy Quotas as a method of ensuring everyone has access by right to their fair share of fossil fuels yet their usage gradually declines.
The last week has seen flash floods in Greece, Southern Brazil, Bulgaria, Turkey, Hong Kong, Turkey, the Caribbean and Boston. Climate change is here with a vengeance.
Peter Victor in his 2023 book Escape from Overshoot says we now need to reduce emissions by 9.7% every year till 2030 in order to meet the Paris Agreement. So, aware that we were not going to make the necessary cuts to emissions in time to have a liveable climate, it’s certainly time to revisit the idea. Continue reading “Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs) – Rationing that works”