Input Wanted on Carbon Tax Legislation

Last week, two Senators (Whitehouse & Schatz) and two Congressmen (Wasman & Blumenauer) proposed new legislation to tax green house gas emissions (GHG).  This is commonly known in countries that have passed one, as “a carbon tax”.   Alicia & I feel that a properly implemented carbon tax would be a real benefit to both the […]

How much did the US spend on imported oil in 2012?

More recent update: How much did the US spend on imported Oil in 2014? My calculation of what the US spent on importing oil in 2011 has become one of our most popular posts of all times. I have impatiently waited the release of the number of barrels imported for Dec 2012 to finish up […]

The Solution to Climate Change is…

What’s the problem? Climate Change is caused by man made CO2 emissions Who can solve the climate change problem? The consumers (you and me) by the choices we make everyday How Can We Solve Climate Change? With Pennies Per Pound How can paying a few pennies per pound of CO2 emissions make a difference? Everything […]

Another Shocker – Agreeing with FoxNews

I can’t believe I agree with FoxNews With my recent rant about Newt Gingrich’s $2.50/gal energy plan, I only agreed with part of his overall goals, i.e., that of American made energy, not his method or his conclusion.  Now I find myself completely agreeing with another unlikely source, FoxNews, about how to change the price […]

How much did the US spend on imported oil in 2011?

More recent updates: How much oil did the US import in 2013? How much did the US spend on imported oil in 2012? I have often wanted to know how much we spend on foreign oil each year, but have found it harder than I would expect to look up.  So as a good engineer […]

What’s Wrong with Newt Gingrich’s $2.50 per Gallon Gas Plan

I’m shocked to hear myself say this, but Newt Gingrich made several good points in his “$2.50 per Gallon Gasoline, Energy Independence and Jobs.” address recently. He wants to “Unleash the American people.”  He wants to have “the American people develop so much new energy that we [are], in fact, no longer reliant on Saudi […]

Political Action vs. Individual Choice – What will Solve the Climate Change Problem?

A recent article on Grist caught my attention because of the title: Green lifestyle choices won’t solve the climate problem. As I read through the article it touched on a topic we’ve discussed before, roll your own carbon offsets.  We have since moved away from doing our own carbon offset fund, primarily because we invested […]

Answers to your questions about Pennies Per Pound

As I have been speaking to people about my Pennies Per Pound CO2 Energy Stamp & Tax Idea I have been hearing a number of questions and concerns.  I love hearing from people that totally support the program, but it is even more important for me to hear from those that don’t support it yet […]

Pennies Per Pound to Save the Economy and the Planet

19 pennies for the 19.4 lbs of CO2 from a gallon of gasoline If you have read my posts before, you probably know that I am a proponent of implementing some sort of energy tax to drive behavior toward energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. I have finally connected the various threads in my […]

Why Pennies Per Pound Better Than Cap & Trade

Why Pennies Per Pound is better than previous Cap & Trade ideas? Pennies Per Pound is simple and therefore significantly easier for people and business to understand and predict.  Pennies Per Pound would apply to everyone, not just major polluters, so everyone would be invested in saving energy and money. Cap & Trade is a […]