Cut power plant pollution

  • Article by: Gernot Wagner , Foreign Policy
  • Updated: January 11, 2013 - 6:04 AM

With Congress hostile to cap and trade and most other ideas for slowing, let alone rolling back, global warming, it will be difficult for him to do what's necessary.

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drillforoilJan. 11, 13 6:38 AM

Why doesn't the writer get out of the 1970's and into the real world. These power plants already have filters to capture most if not all of the emissions.

davehougJan. 11, 13 6:41 AM

And thus starts another shift of manufacturing to China. CO2 penalties increase the cost to make stuff here. China will be glad to ship us stuff made there. Anybody up for a CO2 import fee to add another layer of regulations to fix the problems caused by the first layer of regulations???

kleindropperJan. 11, 13 7:10 AM

I'm waiting for Obama's exec order limiting China's and India's carbon emissions. After all, it is called GLOBAL warming.

kleindropperJan. 11, 13 7:11 AM

Maybe Al Gore will reinvest his $100 million Islamic petro-dollar payday into some fusion research.

ranger78Jan. 11, 13 7:20 AM

According to the author, coal is bad and natural gas is almost as bad. I'm sure, being from the Environomental Defense Fund, they would fight to block any hydro dams anywhere and everywhere. We know the EDF is against Nuke power. So that leaves solar and wind. Maybe something with tides if they can figure that out. Good luck generating the electricity we need with those alternatives. We will have black outs everywhere.

gyroboyJan. 11, 13 7:23 AM

What the author is talking about is nothing more than cap and TAX by another means. As our economy grows our "production" of CO2 will increase due to increase demand for energy and people driving to work factories grow or work longer hours etc. By effectively taxing energy (charging for CO2) you will continue to stifle growth increasing the cost of EVERYTHING. The author is right, one man cannot stop "global warming" and neither can just one country. IF we increase taxes on energy we will continue to export jobs.

WALKERJJan. 11, 13 7:43 AM

Maybe we should all drink more champagne or soda, good place to put all that excess CO2?

elind56Jan. 11, 13 7:47 AM

Human extractions and emissions are miniscule to the point of insignificance when compared to the incredible vastness and natural processes of the biosphere. Sometime in the future, maybe tomorrow or maybe a billion years from now, the cosmos will unceremoniously and without malice, extinguish all life on planet Earth and at some point even the planet itself will cease to exist. In the meantime we shouldn't have to put up with elite, arrogant, authoritarian fear-mongerers who stand to profit by guilting the masses into forgoing the accompanying photo that was taken while the sun was low so the clouds would appear to be a roiling brown soup of poisonous pollution.

hitch22Jan. 11, 13 7:58 AM

Termites are by far and away the biggest carbon emitters on the planet... Let's cap and trade termites. Cap and trade is a political money grab. It won't have any impact on global temps... Not ANY. People saying it is a step in the right direction are simply selling you a bill of goods. We need to stop letting the politically well connected use the force of government to accumulate more wealth. That is the driving force behind any cap and trade proposal.

earneditJan. 11, 13 8:15 AM

The thing is, cap and trade worked for the pollutants that contribute to acid rain. And it was done without the Government being the enforcer. Limits on how much "stuff" could be sent into the air were set by EPA. After that it was left to the industry and to private business to figure it out. So it represents a plan that works. And as for the rest of the world, why would any other country agree to the same if the US is not part of the solution? We have shown an amazing inability to lead on this issue, even though we are, with China, generating the most CO2 by far.


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