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Saturday, May 31, 2008

CNN: Chances dim for climate-change legislation

The Lieberman-Warner carbon tax bill is in trouble:

Without widespread corporate support, passage of the bill - already a long shot at best - becomes even more unlikely this year. President Bush remains opposed. House Democrats have been slow to act.

Besides that, a backdrop of rising gasoline prices and the sluggish economy makes it difficult to win votes for a regulatory scheme that will raise the prices of electricity and gasoline. In fact, a key purpose of the bill is to put a price on the emissions of greenhouse gases, as a way to speed the transition to a clean-energy economy and slow down global warming.
The bill would set a cap on so-called greenhouse gases that would reduce them by 70% by 2050 and puts a price on carbon emissiosns.
"In the long run, you want people who burn carbon to pay more," says John Rowe, the CEO of Exelon, the nation's biggest generator of nuclear power. Still, even Rowe worries that the economy could be shocked if the cost of emitting carbon dioxide rises too quickly. "We don't think the economy can stand $30 to $40 carbon in the early years," he says. Political support for climate action could also erode if consumers revolt. In Europe, where permits to emit carbon have been trading since 2005, it now costs nearly $40 to emit a ton of carbon.
And that's a carbon tax that's not being accepted very well at all.

Yet, all three Presidential contenders support climate-change legislation.

1 comment:

Zookeeper said...

We will commit ourselves and our taxes, unconditionally, whatever it takes, up to just short of the point of actually doing something that affects us personally . Then, and only then, might we ask 'just what exactly will this accomplish?' and when the answer is
then perhaps you will see some reluctance to go further.

I am stunned that it has all reached this far, frankly. I have said all along that I am willing to pay for symbolic gestures with symbolic money.