April 9, 2007


Europe's Problems Color U.S. Plans to Curb Carbon Gases (Steven Mufson, 4/09/07, Washington Post)

As U.S. lawmakers work on the details of their greenhouse-gas legislation, they are looking carefully at Europe's experience. Five Senate proposals all use the same basic approach, known as "cap and trade," that Europe has used for the past two years. But what the snappy name "cap and trade" means is that the market will put a price on something that's always been free: the right of a factory to emit carbon gases. That could affect the cost of everything from windowpanes to airline tickets to electricity.

Europe has already hit a few bumps with its program. There's the Dutch silicon carbide maker that calls itself the greenest such plant in the world, but now can't afford to run full-time; the French cement workers who fear they're going to lose jobs to Morocco, which doesn't have to meet the European guidelines; and the German homeowners who pay 25 percent more for electricity than they did before -- even as their utility companies earn record profits.

Do they call it Gorenomics?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 9, 2007 1:28 PM

(1) Humans exhale CO2, they exhale a lot when they exercise.
(2) If Humans don't exercise they get fat.
(3) Fat people should be fined so that they keep in shape and lower medical costs.
(4) CO2 should be fined to lower greenhouse gases.
(5) You're caught no matter what you do. Win-Win!

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 9, 2007 2:30 PM

Ah, but sedentary humans only get fat if they eat. Put them all on extreme calorie restriction diets and (1) they'll be just like those earthworms in the studies and live to be 120, (2) they'll do so in perfect health and happiness, (3) they won't need to increase CO2 emissions in the process, and (4) we'll be able to cut that disgraceful gap between the amount of resources consumed by the average American and the amount of resources consumed by the average Bangladeshi, just like Katha Pollitt wants. Win-win-win-win!

Posted by: Random Lawyer at April 9, 2007 2:58 PM

Get working on the tax code.

Posted by: at April 9, 2007 7:07 PM
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