Friday, August 29, 2008

The EU: A Slow Learner

The EU is preparing make even more costly mistakes in its carbon emissions reduction program. Reuters reports that draft legislation will increase offsets to fully a fourth of (paper) reductions. If past experience is a guide, this means that the true cap has just been lifted again, and that billions more euros will be made in profits at the ultimate expense of consumers. (The difference between the increase in revenues companies get by charging more for carbon-intensive products and the cost of manufacturing an offset is the source of rents divvied up by buyers, sellers and financial packagers of offsets.) Will the US legislation we enact next year be equally corrupt and ineffectual?

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