College Students to Get Nasty Lesson in Global Warming Economics

Russ Steele

Fox and Hounds Daily Report has the details in an article by State Senator Bob Dutton HERE. California Universities will soon have to reduce CO2 emissions, or buy carbon credits. Who is going to pay for those carbon credits — Students and the parents of Students.

This week yet another effect of California’s lone attempt to save the world from global warming has come to light – a growing number of California’s colleges and universities will be forced to enter the mad marketplace of carbon credits to offset the greenhouse gases produced on their campuses.


Because a market doesn’t yet exist for carbon credits, no one in California state government can say with certainty what the costs to our universities will be, except that it will be hundreds of millions of dollars system-wide.

Not only do incoming university students—or their parents–have tuition increases, fee increases, more years in school to complete their degrees to look forward to, now they will get the pleasure of paying one way or another for carbon offsets or costly emissions reductions.

There may be one consolation – at least the professors and students who’ve clamored for tougher climate control measures will get a real lesson in the economics of environmental edicts.

Local bloggers in Nevada County tried to warn the electorate that the cost of AB32 was going to hit their pocketbooks, but the opposition to Prop 23 claimed it would only be those nasty oil companies and cement companies that would have to pay for carbon credits.  Now for the reality check. If you think college was expensive before carbon credits, you are about to get real “lesson in the economics of environmental edicts.”


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

6 Responses to College Students to Get Nasty Lesson in Global Warming Economics

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Vote in haste, repent at leisure.

  2. Sean says:

    Russ, problem already solved for many people in California. The state university system is working on limiting the number of California residents who get admission so they can admit more out of state and foreign students who pay much higher tuition rates.

  3. stevefrisch says:

    Of course the other approach would be to cut their carbon emissions below the threshold. I would be willing to bet that between energy efficiency, vehicle fleet management, wastewater treatment changes and incorporating green building in capital improvement plans, not a single UC or CSU school will buy a carbon credit under the current law. We have been doing energy retrofits on municipal building and the savings are stunning.

    • Russ says:

      Yes the energy saving are stunning and the air quality in the building is also plunging, causing health and attention problems in school children and office workers. To reduce power consumption the air exchange systems are down side and cannot keep up with the demand for fresh air. The end result the occupants are less productive and the high efficiency build has contributed noting to reducing global waring. Oh, wait we have not had any warming increase for over 17 years. Must be a problem with the climate models.

    • Todd Juvinall says:

      All your ideas apply to those one percenters you despise since they are the only people who can afford them. The middle class and poor could care less about a ridiculous “carbon footprint”. Amazing hubris.

  4. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Another example of Devout Democrat degeneracy. First came intellectual bankruptcy, then came moral bankruptcy, then came compassion bankruptcy.

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