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Carbon Taxes

Is It a Dividend? Is It a Tax? Could President Trump Care Less?

In February, I posted about the formation of the Climate Leadership Council and its push for what it calls its “Carbon Dividend” plan. In essence, it’s a gradually increasing carbon tax. The plan would be revenue neutral,...more

2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #3

Paid Family Leave Could Be Costly - The House Committee on Ways and Means took up H.196, the Paid Family Leave bill this week after it passed out of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs over...more

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Carbon Pricing Legislation

by K&L Gates LLP on

This is the second installment in the West Coast Carbon Policy Update — Three Part Series, which will examine carbon policies along the West Coast in Washington, Oregon, and California. In 2007, Oregon passed legislation...more

Budget 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The 2017 Budget was presented by Minister Pravin Gordhan before Parliament on 22 February 2017. The 2017 tax proposals are projected to raise ZAR28 billion, and increase the tax burden from 26% of GDP in 2016/17 to 26.7%...more

GOP Senior Statesmen Call for Carbon Tax

A group of Republican senior statesmen is calling for a carbon tax to fight climate change. Led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Secretary of Treasury...more

The Conservative Uphill Slog for a Carbon Tax

Earlier this week, the Climate Leadership Council rolled out The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends (note the absence of the “T” word in that title!). It’s a serious proposal and, if we lived in a world of facts, rather...more

Let the Environmental Trade Wars Begin!

While speculation is rampant regarding just far President Trump will go to roll back progress on climate change in the United States, Nicolas Sarkozy has fired what might be called a metaphorical shot across Trump’s bow. In...more

Energy Infrastructure and Carbon Policy: Impacts & Opportunities

by K&L Gates LLP on

This presentation to the Northwest & Intermountain Power Producers Coalition (NIPPC) reviews the current direction of carbon-reducing public policy and legal trends and their impacts on power producers and developers both...more

Carbon Tax?

by Burr & Forman on

One of the many issues in the current Presidential campaign involves the question of whether to pursue a tax on carbon emissions. The matter has been viewed by the Clinton campaign with some interest but not commitment,...more

Significant developments in Canadian carbon legislation and policy

by Dentons on

On June 6, 2016, Alberta passed the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, creating a carbon levy on fuel consumption. This legislation marks the provincial government’s first step towards executing its Climate Leadership...more

Alberta's Bill 20: Climate Leadership Implementation Act

by Dentons on

The Alberta Government introduced Bill 20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, on May 24, 2016. The Bill proposes a carbon levy on fuel consumption and marks the Government’s first step towards executing Alberta’s...more

Climate change Regulation Starts to Take Shape in Washington State

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In 2015, the Washington Legislature failed to act on Governor Jay Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal to limit the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Since then, all branches of Washington State government, as...more

Budget Announcements: CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme to be Abolished and Climate Change Levy To Be Raised

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

It has been announced in today’s Budget that the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) will be abolished from 2019 and the Climate Change Levy (CCL) will be raised to compensate. The announcement comes following a...more

If It Walks Like a Carbon Tax and Talks Like a Carbon Tax, (Then the GOP Hates It.)

On February 4, 2015, the White House released a fact sheet describing its efforts to create a “21st Century Clean Transportation System”. There’s a lot of interesting material in the plan, but all the headlines have been on...more

Tax Policy Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 15. The number of member nations now under increased scrutiny from European Union regulators who are aggressively hunting for violations of the EU’s “state aid” rules. The possible violations arise from...more

Majority Support for a Carbon Tax?

What are the politics of climate change? A new poll done by Stanford University and Resources for the Future suggests that the public may be more ready to regulate carbon taxthan has previously been thought. When asked if...more

Conservative Support for a Carbon Tax? Hope Springs Eternal

I have long thought that the best argument for market-based approaches to climate change mitigation was the clunkiness of the alternative. However much time EPA has spent trying to make the GHG regulations efficient, no one...more

Governor Inslee Proposes $1.5 Billion of New Revenue, Including a 7 Percent Personal Tax on Capital Gains

by Lane Powell PC on

Washington Governor Jay Inslee recently released his proposed budget for 2015-17, which includes approximately $1.5 billion of new and increased taxes the Governor is marketing as “improving Washington’s unfair and outdated...more

Oregon Carbon Tax Study Released

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Today the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office released a report on the economic and emissions impacts of a carbon tax in the state. The report was prepared by the Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC) at Portland State...more

I’m Still a Cockeyed Optimist When It Comes to Climate Change

Last week, NRG Energy announced plans to reduce CO2 emissions 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050. And this reduction is not from a 1990 or 2005 baseline; it is from 2014 emissions. NRG’s statement indicated that it had already...more

International Tax News - July 2014

by DLA Piper on

BITCOIN FORGES AHEAD: 3 QUICK LOOKS - Bitcoin is a decentralized peer-to-peer payment system that exists virtually and is unlimited by the constraints of countries, government or time. In an age when business leaps...more

Carbon Tax Repeal Places Spotlight on Price Reductions

by K&L Gates LLP on

After months of delay, the Australian Government has passed legislation to repeal Australia's carbon tax and introduce new sanctions against energy and gas refrigerant entities that do not pass on cost savings arising from...more

Australian Tax Update: Repeal Of The Carbon Tax - Easy Come Easy Go?

by DLA Piper on

The Federal Government has fulfilled its election promise when the Senate passed the carbon tax repeal legislation on 17 July 2014. The Government achieved the repeal of the carbon tax after 2 weeks of negotiations with the...more

ML Strategies’ Energy and Environment Weekly Update – Week of May 5, 2014

The Senate is scheduled to take up the much-anticipated Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency legislation (S. 2262) early this week, potentially coupled with another vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. It remains unclear what form...more

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