Report: Electric Vehicle Policy For the Midwest – A Scoping Document

Date: 18 Dec 2009 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This December 2009 report was prepared for the RE-AMP network (120+ organizations in eight Midwestern states). The scoping report outlines and makes recommendations on a variety of policy issues related to expanding electric vehicles. The report illustrates the relationships between electric vehicles and other GHG reduction strategies such as fuel economy standards (CAFE), low carbon fuel standards (LCFS) and efforts to reduce vehicle miles traveled.  Because of their energy storage capability, electrified vehicles will also play an increasingly important role in the expansion of renewable energy and the future elaboration of smart grid technologies.

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Carbon Caps With Universal Dividends: Equitable, Ethical & Politically Effective Climate Policy

Date: 28 Jan 2008 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new policy brief from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance concludes that universal dividends are a critically important tool to create the political will and public acceptance for a carbon cap. Universal dividends have the potential to hold harmless a large segment of consumers while we move to a low-carbon economy. Moreover, the universal dividend honors the principle that the sky belongs to all of us equally.… Read More

Report: Carbon Caps With Universal Dividends – Equitable, and Politically Effective Climate Policy

Date: 5 Jan 2008 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This January 2008 policy brief by John Bailey concludes that universal dividends are a critically important tool to create the political will and public acceptance for a carbon cap. Universal dividends have the potential to hold harmless a large segment of consumers while we move to a low-carbon economy. Moreover, the universal dividend honors the principle that the sky belongs to all of us equally. Private investment in clean and efficient technologies will be driven by a carbon cap that leads to steady reductions over time of GHG emissions and carbon-based fuels.

Common to many proposals addressing climate change is a cap on carbon emissions or carbon content of fuels. A cap will generate a market value for carbon. 

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Report: Lessons from the Pioneers – Tackling Global Warming at the Local Level

Date: 5 Jan 2007 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This January 2007 report by John Bailey looks at ten of the most visible and successful cities involved in global warming solutions and finds that reducing GHG emissions below 1990 levels will be a major challenge. Many cities will likely not meet their goals unless complementary state and federal policies are put in place very soon.  … Read More

Renewable Electricity Mandates in Minnesota: Status and Impact

Date: 5 Feb 2006 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This February 2006 policy brief by John Bailey and David Morris offers a brief overview of the existing renewable electricity mandates in Minnesota, and discusses the impact a proposed extension and expansion of these mandates might have. Last year, the Minnesota legislature debated a proposal to establish a new statewide renewable electricity mandate. That debate will undoubtedly continue this session.

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Report: Climate Neutral Bonding – Building Global Warming Solutions at the State And Local Level

Date: 5 Feb 2006 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This February 2006 policy brief by John Bailey provides background and analysis to support a state or local policy that would require construction projects funded with tax-exempt bonds to result in no net increases in greenhouse gases within the community. This brief proposes a strategy that can begin to allow us, as citizens and taxpayers, to make concrete our desire to live lightly on the earth. That strategy is to convince all tax exempt bond issuing agencies at the state and community level to adopt a climate neutralbonding policy.

According to an August 2005 Harris Poll 74 percent of people agreed that, "Protecting the environment is so important that requirements and standards cannot be too high, and continuing environmental improvements must be made regardless of cost."

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