BC Implements Carbon Tax

The (right-of-centre) government of the Canadian province of British Columbia broke ground Tuesday, becoming the second Canadian jurisdiction to implement a carbon tax to address climate change.

The tax, which will eventually apply to all fossil fuels, starts small - amounting to 2.4 cents per litre of gasoline (around 0.6 cents per US gallon) in its first year - but quadruples in four years and will bring in a total of $1.8 billion Canadian over that time, according to Finance Minister Carole Taylor. It is also designed to be revenue neutral, and the government has promised to account for the offset so people will be able to see where exactly the increased revenue is being returned to taxpayers.

Heartland Institute Lures Legislators with Free Hotels for Climate Skeptics Conference

If there is a sweeter deal for Republican Senator “global warming is hoax” Inhofe I don't know what it would be.

DeSmogBlog has received the details of an invitation that has apparently gone out to elected officials promising them “lodging and pay for up to two (2) nights of accommodation,” in New York if they would like to attend the Heartland Institute's “International Climate Change Conference.”

The invitation goes on to add that elected officials who are a member of the Heartland's “Legislative Forum,” will also receive an extra bonus of $300 to cover travel expenses.

About TV Weatherman John Coleman: Climate "Skeptics" Conference Speaker

Here's a briefing note we've prepared on John Coleman, TV weather personality at KUSI in San Diego.

Coleman is listed as a speaker at the “2008 International Conference on Climate Change,” being organized by the ExxonMobil and Philip Morris-friendly Heartland Institute.

Below is a list of other briefing notes we have completed on speakers for the “2008 International Conference on Climate Change:”

About Paul Chesser: Climate "Skeptics" Conference Speaker

Here's a briefing note we've prepared on Paul Chesser, a director for a North Carolina free-market think tank called the John Locke Foundation (JLF). Chesser is listed as a speaker at the “2008 International Conference on Climate Change,” being organized by the ExxonMobil and Philip Morris-friendly Heartland Institute.

NOAA Stonewalls on DCSOVR Documents

The stonewalling on DSCOVR documents continues, this time with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To recap, NASA was given over $100 million in taxpayers money to build the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a spacecraft designed to measure the energy budget of our warming planet from the unique vantage of a million miles away.

Even though it is fully completed over five years ago, DSCOVR is still sitting in a box at the Goddard Space Centre – likely for political reasons.

The mission was originally promoted by Al Gore – a liability when George Bush and Dick Cheney remain in the Whitehouse.

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