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Capping Carbon!

  • May 7, 2008 · 7:00 PM
  • Metro Hall

The focus of this month's meetup will be using market mechanisms to reduce carbon fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Our speaker will be Bruce Darrell of Feasta, The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, based in Dublin, Ireland.

"Governments throughout the world are increasingly aware of the urgent necessity to drastically reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, in order to avoid the worst effects of global warming, and to insulate their economies from soaring energy prices as world oil production peaks. But how can this be done effectively, quickly, without destroying the economy or impoverishing large sections of the population? Cap and trade mechanisms such as the the EU Emission Trading System are limited to sections of the economy and have serious flaws, while carbon taxes are unpopular and potentially damaging to the economy.

"Cap and Share is a second generation emission control mechanism that has been designed to effectively, equitably and efficiently reduce emissions at a national or global level. It is currently being studied by the Irish government as a mechanism to reduce transport emissions."

Bruce Darrell is an architect and member of the Executive Committee of Feasta.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Really good, balanced overview of all the systems, not just the one favoured by Bruce's group. Very helpful and educational.

    May 8, 2008

  • peaknik

    Bruce did a great job of 'explaining' Cap and Share but perhaps could have sold it better verses carbon tax i.e. the carbon tax people in the audience were not convinced. It has a better chance in jurisdictions with greater distrust of gov't.

    May 7, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    All: Keep up the great work. Each meeting has been relevant and the speakers qualified. Much appreciated.


    May 7, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am wondering if I could carpool with anyone as I live in Burlington

    May 3, 2008

  • jeffberg

    FEASTA is one of the most important research institutes in the world. The presenter Mr. Darrell has worked closely on a daily basis with Richard Douthewaite. the principal reason this institute has done such great work. This promises to be a compelling meeting.

    April 29, 2008

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