Fu & Hardin

The Citizen’s Climate Lobby has goals to encourage doing what each of us can to support the best outcome for the changing climate.  Whether we can sufficiently influence the ultimate outcome seems less of an issue than the process of taking reasonable steps which lessen the impact people and their choices have on climate.  To that end, the CCL is promoting a tax on extracted carbon and passing the tax on directly to all citizens so that better alternatives become relatively cheaper and more commonly chosen for use.  This make sense as it was presented, but the devil is surely in the details.

There are many good reasons to support environmental conservation and improvement.  We do want the world to be a safe and healthy place for generations to come.  We understand there is a group formed in Chestertown recently under their banner who have more information available, too.

For those of you who have more interest in this topic are some areas of interest and links CCL has Sabrtian Fu provided to us after our recent meeting.  


(1)Details of the macroeconomic studies by REMI:  https://citizensclimatelobby.org/remi-report/

(2)Microeconomic studies on the impact of CCL’s proposed CFD policy: https://11bup83sxdss1xze1i3lpol4-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Ummel-Impact-of-CCL-CFD-Policy-v1_4.pdf

(3)More about BC carbon tax:

Interesting history of who opposed it and then changes in the support of the CFD in BC: https://www.citylab.com/solutions/2014/03/how-british-columbia-enacted-most-effective-carbon-tax-north-america/8732/

David, I know you asked about car sales, and I did look for that, but was unable to find any data specifically on changes in car sales.  Then when I saw this detailed report by the University of Ottawa: https://www.energyindependentvt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/BC_Carbon-Tax-success-story.pdf

I realized from the details in the article above that gasoline is only a small portion of the liquid fuels used in British Columbia!  Take a look at the screen shot that was taken out of the Ottawa report: it shows that the change in motor gasoline use is really the smallest (cannot count aviation fuel since that was exempt) with other liquid fuels such as propane, fuel oil, and petroleum coke decreasing much more than motor gasoline. 

I will see if I can find additional data when I have more time later on. I just wanted to get back to you as soon as possible.  Brad might be able to find out more about whether it was conservation that decreased CO2 emissions in British Columbia or something else.  By the ways, articles such as this one: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/05/visualizing-u-s-energy-consumption-in-one-chart suggests that Americans can readily save more than 20% of their energy usage with simple conservation measures.


Sabrina Fu (410-418-8694)
Mid-Atlantic Co-Regional Coordinator
A non-partisan non-profit organization. 
Working to build the political will for a livable world.




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