Charles Komanoff


Fossil Fuels and Earth's Climate

I co-founded the Carbon Tax Center in early 2007 with attorney Dan Rosenblum. The CTC Web site is the repository of most of my writing since then on climate and energy, as well as a stream of enlightening and insightful posts by CTC's Washington DC-based senior policy analyst James Handley and other carbon tax proponents. The CTC Web site is also your best source for data, perspective and advocacy on carbon pricing. Content is updated continually.

From 2006 to 2009-2010, I posted several dozen pieces on climate, energy and transportation -- some of them broadsides against "Big Green" retrograde opinion, on the environmental blog Grist. For a listing of titles and links, go here.

I developed and maintain a powerful but user-friendly spreadsheet for the Carbon Tax Center, estimating emissions and revenue impacts of a federal carbon tax.

Brief for a New York State carbon tax, co-authored with Carbon Tax Center board chair Alex Matthiessen, is a lucid and digestible (6 pages) discussion draft of a possible revenue-neutral carbon tax for New York State.

The Price of Power: Electric Utilities and the Environment (by Charles Komanoff, Holly Miller & Sandy Noyes, CEP, 1972)

Brand-new! (to the Web, that is): a scanned copy of the complete 620-page report, The Price of Power: Electric Utilities and the Environment, published in 1972 by the Council on Economic Priorities, which conceived and sponsored it. The report, which I co-authored with Holly Miller and Charles (Sandy) Noyes, was an early broadside in the "war on coal" and documented the pervasive antipathy toward environmental protection and R&D in the U.S. electric power industry at the height of its political power in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

You may download the entire report via the link directly below. Or, since that file is huge (35MB), you may wish to download it in sections.
Complete volume (620 pp, 35 MB).
Front Covers, Title Page, Contents, Preface, Acknowledgments (10 pp, 0.6 MB).
Intro, Fossil Fuels, Air Pollution, Nuclear Power (46 pp, 3.2 MB).
Thermal Pollution, Hydro Power, R&D, Advertising & Growth (59 pp, 4.2 MB).
Study Scope + Findings, Summary Charts, Notes (42 pp, 3.1 MB).
Company Profiles: American Electric Power, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Central Maine Power (85 pp, 4.6 MB).
Company Profiles: Commonwealth Edison, Consolidated Edison, Florida Power & Light (108 pp, 5.8 MB).
Company Profiles: Houston Lighting & Power, Iowa Power & Light, Northern States Power, Oklahoma Gas & Electric (68 pp, 3.4 MB).
Company Profiles: Pacific Gas & Electric, Portland General Electric, Southern California Edison, the Four Corners Project (88 pp, 4.4 MB).
Company Profiles: Southern Company, Virginia Electric Power (75 pp, 3.9 MB).
Appendices, Bibliography, Errata, Back Covers (38 pp, 2.4 MB).

Other Archival Material by Komanoff

1989 op-ed in Washington Post, "Instead of a Gas Tax, How About a Carbon Tax"

Pollution Control Improvements in Coal Fired Electric Generating Plants: What They Accommplish, What They Cost, comprehensive review of pollution-control progress, published in Journal of the American Pollution Control Association, September 1980. Same material appears as Chapter 6 in Komanoff's 1981 book, Power Plant Cost Escalation.

Speech at Global Day of Action for Climate Justice, New York City, Nov. 30, 2009

PowerPoint presentation at a meeting of the New York Academy of Sciences, "An Energy Agenda for New York City" (Oct 2008) (focuses on carbon taxes)

PowerPoint presentation on the need for carbon taxes (April 2007)

Spreadsheet suggesting that non-poverty U.S. households can eliminate 25% of their direct CO2 emissions within six months (April 2007)

"Albert, Martin and ... Ralph? Solving the Real Energy Crisis," A challenge to Ralph Nader in Grist Magazine's "Gristmill" (August 2006)

"Carbon Offsets: What Would Gandhi Do?," Essay in Grist Magazine's "Gristmill" (July 2006)

"Fuel Tax Magic," Essay in Grist Magazine's "Gristmill" (June 2006)

A Campaign for Fair Energy Taxes (PDF)

Energy Taxes - Rebutting the Myths (PDF)

"Carbon Taxes: A Green Priority" (2004 essay)

Letter in NY Times Book Review, July 2003, on climate change and green politics