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Date of event

Follow the money - do we need a Carbon Tax?

June 30, 2020 7:00 PM

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Follow the money - do we need a Carbon Tax?
7.00pm - 8.30pm Tuesday 30th June
Speakers: Prof Dieter Helm, Donnachadh McCarthy, Julian Hawkins
Chair: Dinesh Dhamija and Co-Chair: Keith Melton


The event will start with a short video presentation from Professor Dieter Helm, of Oxford University, who cannot be with us in person on the day.

Dieter Helm is Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford. He is the Independent Chair of the Natural Capital Committee.

Dieter Helm (Dieter Helm)Dieter has provided extensive advice to UK and European governments, including The Cost of Energy Review for the UK government in October 2017 and for the European Commission in preparing the Energy Roadmap 2030. He served both as a special advisor to the European Commissioner for Energy and as Chairman of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on the Roadmap. He also assisted the Polish government in their presidency of the European Union Council. Heis a Director of Aurora Energy Research, a leading energy modelling company, and Chairman of Natural Capital Research, developing natural capital models and assessments for the better use of land. Dieter is an Honorary Vice President of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.

Donnachadh McCarthy (Donnachadh McCarthy)Donnachadh McCarthy will speak about the way funds from Governments, in particular the UK government are being misapplied to fossil fuel based industries - in effect subsidising the very industries that are the cause of Global Heating in the first place.

Donnachadh is active on a number of environmental fronts, as a cyclist, as an advisor on the best ways to minimise your caron footprint on the world and more recently as a columnist for the Independent newspaper. He attempts to get as close to zero carbon as possible in his London home with solar power and home grown vegetables and herbs. Over the years he has prevented many London trees form being cut down and managed to get many more planted in the capital.


And Julian Hawkins will present the case for imposing carbon taxes in the UK economy and address the issues that we will have to deal with to make such taxes effective in cutting carbon use and penalising polluters. "Polluters must Pay" has been a primary factor in developing Liberal Democrat policies over the years and, in the case of Climate Change, this is no less of an issue.

Julian Hawkins (Julian Hawkins)Julian has been active with the Lib Dems and predecessor parties since the 1970's, including a stint as a local councillor from 1990 to 1998.

See: Carbon Tax - a proposal for a direct tax on the amount of emissions by Julian Hawkins
and: A progressive carbon taxation policy motion for the LibDems by Stewart Reddaway

(both on the GLD website)

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