DUBLIN — Over the last three years, with its economy in tatters, Ireland embraced a novel strategy to help reduce its staggering deficit: charging households and businesses for the environmental damage they cause.
The government imposed taxes on most of the fossil fuels used by homes, offices, vehicles and farms, based on each fuel’s carbon dioxide emissions, a move that immediately drove up prices for oil, natural gas and kerosene. Household trash is weighed at the curb, and residents are billed for anything that is not being recycled. ... Read more about Carbon Taxes Make Ireland Even Greener
Energy from renewable resources—wind, water, the sun, biomass and geothermal energy—is inexhaustible and clean.
The costs of technologies to capture that energy are rapidly falling and becoming economically competitive with fossil fuels, while reducing the risk of climate change. Investing in renewable energy creates jobs, fosters economic growth, and improves energy security for countries that lack domestic fossil fuel resources.... Read more about Renewable Energy
Renewable energy is providing clean, reliable electricity across the U.S. and around the world. It is also growing rapidly, with record numbers of new wind and solar installations in the U.S. over the past few years.
We can readily continue this rapid expansion of renewable energy by utilizing existing technologies, investing in improvements to our electricity system, and making smart policy decisions that move the country toward a clean energy future. ... Read more about Ramping Up Renewables
Masada co-founded SanDiego350 and serves on SD350's Steering Committee and Public Policy Team. She has over 20 years of experience in activism and campaign management. She also served as co-chair of Sierra Club San Diego's Climate Change Committee in 2011-2014, and was Sierra Club Volunteer of the Year in 2012. ... Read more about Masada Disenhouse