Carbon pricing is the most market-based means of addressing the climate crisis, yet it is strongly opposed by politicians that claim to support free markets.
The Gillard government kept 87% of its promises, though some had to be compromised to navigate a hung parliament.
While trust in politicians and political systems is lower than ever, new research shows the Gillard government kept most of its promises.
Three words, so much mileage: Tony Abbott’s anti-carbon tax refrain has been a fixture on the policy landscape for years.
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We've been here before. In fact we've been going round in circles on climate policy for decades, while the temperature (of the debate, as well as the planet) climbs ever higher.
Supporters wave signs during an anti-carbon tax rally in Calgary in October 2018.
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Given Alberta's innovative spirit and its emissions-reducing results, is this a time for the province to turn its back on carbon policy and tarnish its reputation in a world transitioning to lower carbon?
It’s difficult for farmers to pass on the additional costs from a carbon tax.
The bulk of Canada’s agricultural production is in the Prairie provinces.
Carbon taxes on fossil fuels such as gasoline help lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Environmental taxes encourage consumers to conserve energy or switch to less carbon-intensive fuels.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the main champion of the Green New Deal proposal.
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The Green New Deal has shifted the debate over what to do about climate change.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveils the Green New Deal resolution.
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By making people confront the scale of the climate challenge, the Green New Deal is a great leap forward.
Critics say the U.S. can’t afford a Green New Deal.
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Democrats such as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey are proposing an ambitious decarbonization plan that critics are calling unaffordable. A green economist explains how the US could pay for it.
In some provinces, families that heat with wood will pay no carbon tax but still get a refund.
Canadians will start paying for their carbon emissions this year, but the cost will depend on where they live.
Installing smart meters saves energy and creates jobs.
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It's often more effective, cheaper and less controversial than other efforts to confront climate change.
Wind power can create jobs for workers like these while cutting carbon pollution.
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There are ways to reduce the risk of protests like France's yellow vests movement.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks about the federal government’s newly imposed carbon tax at an event in Toronto in October 2018.
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Canada's top-down approach to designing its climate policy has failed. It needs to find ways to engage with individuals.
Australians are full of good ideas. Many made their debut in the pages of The Conversation.
The Conversation played host to really important new ideas in 2018. Some will take years to develop. Others will never come to fruition. But they're important.
If citizens think they’ll personally and financially benefit from a carbon tax, maybe politicians would take action.
Millions of people worldwide are either indifferent to a carbon tax or opposed. If citizens were motivated by potential carbon dividends, maybe politicians would finally take action on climate change.
It’s a long way from most places, but it is about to host a bigger battery than the world’s biggest, molten salt solar and pumped hydro generation, and a much bigger steelworks.
Far from being wiped off the map as was once predicted, Whyalla is coming back in an unlikely way, as potentially Australia's biggest steel producer powered almost entirely by renewable energy.
Paris is burning.
The gilets jaunes protests show we need to fight inequality for a just transition to a low-carbon society.
A better tomorrow?
Brexit may be an unexpected boon for the UK's climate leadership. Here's how the UK can seize the initiative.
President George H.W. Bush (right) fishing on the Kennebunk River in Maine, Aug. 27, 1990.
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George H.W. Bush, who pledged to be 'the environmental president,' took a market-based approach to pollution control that helped clear the air. Now some experts think it could work on climate change.
The UNSW climate dividend proposal will be launched on Wednesday by the Member for Wentworth Kerryn Phelps.
It is possible to both tax carbon emissions and enrich households. A report to be released by UNSW today outlines how.