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Cap-and-trade alternatives

If the Senate moves away from a climate bill that includes cap-and-trade -- a strategy, which allows companies and organizations to buy and sell pollution credits to meet a national limit on greenhouse gas emissions -- what alternatives should be included in the bill instead?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on March 5, 2010 6:00 AM
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Some benefits of cap and trade can't be replaced

While there are many policy tools needed to address climate change, there are benefits to cap-and-trade systems that can't be replaced. First and foremost, there is the cap: legislating a limit on emissions is the only way to guarantee the...

Posted by Lars G. Josefsson, on March 9, 2010 7:30 AM

The proof is in the pudding

We have some pretty good intelligence on the climate bill being championed by Senators Kerry, Lieberman and Graham. Still, I am not going to play the speculation game.

Posted by Pam Faggert, on March 5, 2010 12:00 PM

Congress should do the right thing -- nothing

The same ethical advice for doctors also makes sense for Congress as it considers several pending global warming bills -- first do no harm.

Posted by Ben Lieberman, on March 5, 2010 10:32 AM

Recycle taxes with a carbon-based tax system

Since this debate began decades ago, the major alternative to cap-and-trade has been a carbon-based tax system, especially one in which the revenues are recycled to reduce other taxes.

Posted by Robert J. Shapiro, on March 5, 2010 9:54 AM

Establish decision-making foundation

The discussion of alternatives should begin with a new paradigm. For the past 20 years, the foundation for climate legislation has been projections of an impending catastrophe. What we have seen over that period of time is a climate which has not been a lot different than that existed over comparable periods since the end of the Little Ice Age

Posted by William O'Keefe, on March 5, 2010 9:37 AM

Give money back

What about, you know, giving the money back to the people.

Posted by Bill McKibben, on March 5, 2010 9:33 AM

Controls needed to protect consumer energy prices

An important addition to any new climate bill is a refund mechanism to protect lower and middle class families from increased energy prices. No matter what road Congress takes to control our greenhouse emissions, energy prices will rise to some extent. The costs businesses incur in their compliance of any new rules will be passed on to consumers.

Posted by Richard L. Revesz, on March 5, 2010 9:30 AM

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