There is now scientific consensus that global warming is a serious and ever worsening issue that demands serious attention. Indicators include the fact that 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record and, as of late January 2011, the warm temperatures in the northern Atlantic are unprecedented in recorded history. Cap-and-trade programs have proven successful where implemented, including in the European Union and the northeastern United States. The EPA also has the authority, under the Clean Air Act, to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Cry Wolf Quotes
If our manufacturers leave, whether for North Carolina or China, and they take their greenhouse gases with them, we might not have solved the problem but exacerbated it instead.
We remain completely committed to the idea that we have a responsibility to make the environment of our state and world better. We’re not going to do it by participating in gimmicky programs that don’t work.
This program is not effective in reducing greenhouse gases and is unlikely to be in the future. The whole system is not working as it was intended to work. It’s a failure.
[RGGI is] regulation without representation.
Related Laws and Rules
- American Clean Energy and Security Act
- American Power Act of 2010
- Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act
- European Union Emissions Trading Scheme
- Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
- Kyoto Treaty
- Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord
- Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
- Western Climate Initiative
Blind Spot: The Big Three's Attack on the Global Warming Treaty
eleased during the controversy over the Kyoto Treaty, this study is a serious policy paper, exploring the intersections between transit policy and global warming. It fairly establishes the Big Three have as long history of stubborn obstructionism. (They don't like anyone telling them what to do.)
RGGI Saves Money, Jobs
America's only functioning carbon cap-and-trade program is a job generator.
The Economic Impact of RGGI On Massachusetts
Electricity costs in Massachusetts have fallen since the implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program.
RGGI Works--And It Isn't Bad For Business
How America's sole carbon cap-and-trade program really works.
Backgrounders & Briefs
European Emissions Trading Scheme is a succesful carbon cap-and-trade system that has had an "imperceptible” negative impact on the European economy.
Blue Green Alliance is an alliance of labor and environmental organizations.
Green for All is a leading environmental oranization focused on creating green jobs for low-income communities and people of color.
Department of Energy alum Joe Romm runs Climate Progress out of the Center For American Progress.