The market won’t by itself get us beyond carbon. That much is clear. The market is a powerful force, but must be harnessed to the task with clear & consistent market signals. Like a price on carbon, and the acceleration of capital into clean energy markets.
The science is clear, but the solutions difficult. Politics, sociology, psychology, economics, ecology and technology all interact. It’s complicated. Effective action requires a multidisciplinary approach, something not easy to find in today’s highly-specialized economy and partisan politics. But climate change itself is not a partisan issue – it is a practical problem that must be solved.
We need more polymaths, less defensive rhetoric, and a clear view to pragmatic solutions.
Interest in “Green Bonds” is increasing these days; heavily emphasized in a recent interview with Managing Partner Tom Rand. For clarity, here is the text of a detailed policy proposal Rand worked on as an Action Canada Fellow in 2008/9. … Continue reading
I grew up in Niagara-on-the-Lake. On a cherry farm. Cherry-picking on a cherry farm is a good thing. Cherry-picking as a pundit speaking to the business community about climate risk is not a good thing. At best, it’s sloppy thinking. … Continue reading
In an ongoing series of debates about energy and environment on Amanda Lang’s The Exchange (the segment is called E-Squared) I have the opportunity to debate Ken Green, a savvy guy from the Fraser Institute. I encourage you to tune … Continue reading
The investing community can react to climate risk in one of four ways … playing possum, going on defence, arbitraging the catastrophe, solving the problem. Only one enables long-term wealth … how to save the investment community from itself. Full … Continue reading
We’re not going to solve the carbon problem without the energy incumbents stepping up in a big way. And the energy incumbents won’t remain dominant of a rapidly changing energy market without finding new low-carbon business models. The answer? Collaborating … Continue reading
Ever since the 1970’s when the Club of Rome warned of strict limits to economic growth, environmental debate has focused on innovation versus scarcity. On one side, techno-optimists believe innovation can push through any limit – when one thing gets … Continue reading
The first in a series of articles written for the Canadian Business Journal. Link for laptops/desktops here (full layout). Link for mobile devices here (no photo layout). Original text below. Solve a big problem and get a big reward. That’s how our … Continue reading
In this interview with Daryn Caister I get more blunt about a number of issues: – what does ‘sustainability’ really mean? – why do I think so differently from the likes of Bjorn Lomborg? – why might economists not care … Continue reading
Speaking at a cleantech-y event recently, I bemoaned the lack of urgency in capital movement to the sector. Carbon builds, capital barely moves. Climate growls, capital purrs. Our national and global efforts to mitigate climate risk looks an awful lot … Continue reading