Tuesday Energy Blogging – Cap and Trade or Bait and Switch?

22 Dec 2009 10:02 pm
Posted by: Donna

Annie Leonard, who made a splash on the Interwebs with her short film The Story of Stuff has a sharp new film about cap and trade.

I’m glad I came across this for tonight’s entry because I wanted to write something about the Copenhagen climate conference, which has (sadly) not been the focus of much attention amidst the health care furor. The consensus among those in the MSM who are talking about it seems to be disappointment over no ironclad agreement but praise for President Obama for taking a firm stance on the need for China to participate and for bringing US leadership on climate issues back to the world stage after 8 years of absence. I suppose there’s cause for optimism but I share Leonard’s view that we’re not going to solve the unsustainability problem with the same thinking that created it. I’m tremendously uneasy that people from Enron and Goldman Sachs are playing a big role in designing what looks more like another investment bubble than a meaningful plan to reduce carbon emissions.


  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on December 23, 2009 1:54 pm

    What! are you telling me?! Tthat even if you spread lots of frosting over BS it’s still BS!!??

    Seems to be a whole lot of motion and not much productivity. Time for the big grunts to knuckle down and do the hard work and make the hard decisions. Our world will heal itself slowly if we back off. I’m beginning to wonder if we haven’t reached the parasitic level.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Muh!

  2. Comment by todd on December 24, 2009 1:47 am

    It made big news recently that China has now surpassed the US in CO2 emission – the problem with this news is that since China has 4 times as many people, this means their per capita CO2 production is 1/4 of we Americans.

    We have to look at our own role and be honest that to turn back human-made climate change is going to mean some changes to the way we live. I see the current efforts as a way to paper over that with some misplace faith that we can just turn it over to the market made by cap and trade and it will just somehow magically all work out because that is what markets do, somehow.

  3. Comment by Alan Scott on December 24, 2009 2:51 pm

    Not being a great fan of Communist China, I am more than happy they did not knuckle under at Copenhagen. It’s amusing how China continues to put out more CO2 and yet the climate continues to get colder.

    Really funny that Washington DC set an all time December snow fall record after Copenhagen ended. How will the East Anglia experts cover that one up?

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