Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cap & Trade? Uh, maybe not....

Annie Leonard and her Story of Stuff animator friends have been hard at work, raising awareness of other pressing issues related to the tippy boat of our current insane lifestyle.

The Story of Cap & Trade is a quick peek at the problems inherent in the carbon market proposed by the Obama administration. It doesn't take much imagination to see how the big players could game the system and produce no net positive carbon reduction.

In the end, I favor a straight carbon tax. Yes, we'll all have to pay more for energy. Get used to it. For over a century, we've been externalizing the costs of our carbon-rich way of life-- and the planet is knocking on our door demanding payment.

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