Charles Komanoff


Fossil Fuels and Earth's Climate

In early 2007, I co-founded the Carbon Tax Center, 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. That 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 three dozen pieces on climate, energy and transportation on the environmental blog Grist. For a listing of titles and links, go here. -- C.K., Dec, 2009

I developed and maintain a spreadsheet for the Carbon Tax Center, estimating emissions and revenue impacts of a federal carbon tax. The version posted here was most recently updated in the spring of 2014.

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

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

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