CARB Relents in College Carbon Credits – Er. . CO2 Scam

Russ Steele

KQED Climate Watch has the story:

In an August 24 letter to state assemblyman Nathan Fletcher that was obtained by KQED, Air Board chair Mary Nichols explains that the board doesn’t want to disadvantage the nine California universities covered by the cap-and-trade program (meaning they emit more than 25,000 metric tons per year of greenhouse gases) simply because of emissions from a combined heat-and-power plant.

“California has a long history of supporting CHP,” Nichols writes. “Public and private entities that have taken steps to build or purchase combined heat-and-power facilities should be rewarded for their actions, not penalized.”

But that is not all.

Flighty businesses, too. On August 13, The Sacramento Bee reported that the Air Board was considering easing the burden imposed by cap-and-trade on companies deemed to be at risk of fleeing the state: what’s known as the “leakage” effect.

And, who gets to decide who stays and who goes — CARB an agency of unelected bureaucrats with an agenda?  That should work out real well.


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.

2 Responses to CARB Relents in College Carbon Credits – Er. . CO2 Scam

  1. stevefrisch says:

    Ironically, this is almost exactly what Cap and Trade is intended to advances power sources that reduce external costs such as air pollution and increases external co-benefits such as forest health…while retarding power sources that increase external costs.

    The entire concept of “leakage” has been factored into the system precisely to avoid the negative impacts that you have been projecting.

    Russ, I honestly think you would benefit from attending the hearings, committee’s and some of the national scientific conferences on carbon regulation and reduction strategies.

    The bottom line in my eyes is that if industry had done this themselves they would not be faced with regulation to achieve these goals. However industry did not, and clearly has no intention to, thus the state must step in.

    This is a prime example of the truth of the Herbert Hoover statement that, ” the only trouble with capitalism is capitalists, they are too damn greedy”.

  2. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Let the leakage begin! Well, actually, continue and accelerate.

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