Monday, 17 May 2010

The Story of Cap & Trade

“It turns out that climate and consumption are actually the same issue: You see, most of the greenhouse gases countries emit come from our materials economy: the way we make, use, transport, and throw away all the stuff in our lives. As Boston College professor … Juliet Schor said ‘Global consumerism devours resources like there’s no tomorrow. And unless we address how much we consume, we won’t succeed in averting disastrous climate change.’ ” Annie Leonard

i think she is quite critical of, and points to, the ‘devils in the details’ in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake carbon offsets and, most importantly, distraction from the significant tasks at hand in tackling the climate crisis.

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