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Archive: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Offsets with safeguards can work

Offsets can play an important role in fighting climate change, if they help us make deeper, faster reductions at a lower cost, rather than slow the vitally needed transition to clean energy technologies. To make this happen, we need three...

By Carter S. Roberts | October 23, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Well-designed offsets needed

Verifiable and permanent greenhouse gas offsets that meet rigorous environmental standards should be part of the nation's comprehensive climate and energy policy. Offsets are real and equivalent reductions. They just occur somewhere else, either in this country or elsewhere. Given...

By Pam Faggert | October 21, 2009; 5:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

Fraud and abuse likely

In a perfect world, one greenhouse gas emitter paying someone else to reduce their emissions would be equivalent to the first emitter taking comparable steps. In the world that people actually inhabit, such offsets under a cap-and-trade system open many...

By Robert J. Shapiro | October 21, 2009; 7:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Offsets create complications

The issue of "offsets" is complicated. In the short run, they can slow the growth in emissions but they are not the equivalent of cutting emissions. And, in the long run, they are likely to create more problems than benefits....

By William O'Keefe | October 21, 2009; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Towards a global carbon market

Offsets are an integral part of a broad market driven approach to reducing emissions. Whereas a carbon tax will always remain a domestic fiscal policy instrument with no real reach beyond national borders, a cap-and-trade system is very different. It...

By David Hone | October 21, 2009; 5:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

We must capture every opportunity

Looking at the global options to reduce emissions, I come to two conclusions:   1. The job is possible and affordable if done right, and 2. There is no silver bullet.   No sector or country can meet the challenge...

By Lars G. Josefsson | October 21, 2009; 5:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Difficult Diagnosis

Examining the science beyond climate change seems to me to be like a medical doctor examining a patient with a difficult diagnosis. As tests are done and examined the physician can rule out certain causes and hone in on...

By Rick Edmund | October 18, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

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