July 27, 2006


U.S. outdoes Canada in cutting toxic pollution
Canadian Press, 7/27/06)

U.S. manufacturing facilities cut their releases of toxics by 21 per cent between 1998 and 2003, while Canadian manufacturers cut releases by 10 per cent.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2006 8:53 AM

Actually, it's a bit difficult to call the Canadian approach much regulation. It was more "loudly sign up to Kyoto, while actually doing nothing to implement it." Good old "let's pretend." But they were being multilateral and pretending to sign up, so it doesn't matter. The Clean Air Act is, I believe, considerably tougher than corresponding Canadian measures.

Posted by: John Thacker at July 27, 2006 9:17 AM

Regulation tends to drive innovation in these matters as long as the regs are goal oriented rather than process oriented.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at July 27, 2006 2:57 PM

You're all talking up a farce; because it's a fraudulent comparison. Is there any chance that the reason Canadian emissions were cut by a smaller percentage _might_ be because they were starting from a lower level to begin with? They've had a somewhat higher sensitivity to the issue for a long time now, especially given the period where the U.S. was responsible for so much of their acid rain.

Posted by: M. Bulger at July 29, 2006 10:09 PM

No. It's because we innovate faster than they can regulate.

Posted by: oj at July 29, 2006 10:26 PM