Charles Komanoff

Charles Komanoff is the co-founder of the Carbon Tax Center. For more information, click here.

Six months to a trimmer footprint

How to reduce your household energy consumption, easy-like

Last Sunday's New York Times honed in on the dubious practice of Americans buying carbon offsets to brand themselves carbon-neutral. Andy Revkin, the paper's global-warming reporter, quoted me saying, "There isn't a single American household …

Ships? Planes? Who's counting the carbon?

Lessons on getting the numbers straight

What's a percent or two? Or three? Not much, sometimes. But a lot when we're talking about carbon dioxide emissions that are throwing earth's climate out of whack. And quite a lot when effort is …

When snow won't fall

Can a carbon tax neutralize new carbon emitters?

At the Carbon Tax Center, we're forever on the lookout for new and outsized ways in which Americans are using energy. Too often, today's novelty item is just a clever marketing campaign away from tomorrow's …

Don't trade carbon, tax it

Why carbon taxes trump cap-and-trade

Yesterday Gristmill ran a curious article by Bill Chameides of Environmental Defense, attacking a carbon tax strawman that no one is advocating, least of all the Carbon Tax Center (CTC). Chameides stated that the "government …

Climate 'realism' demands carbon tax

Game over? Hardly.

With the new IPCC report finally out in the world, climate activists can again focus on action. What do we do now? I say, first let's cut through the defeatism that's posing as realism, as …

Albert, Martin, and … Ralph? Solving the real energy crisis

New crises demand new modes of thought. In the early 20th century, scientists were baffled by the paradox that the speed of light never changes, even if the observer is rushing toward the light source. …

Carbon offsets: what would Gandhi do?

Can we really buy the change we want to see in the world?

Dumb me. I went to the Zappa Plays Zappa concert last month. Great show, with Dweezil faithfully channeling his dad Frank. But I felt kind of dorky lugging my bicycle helmet around the theater. You …