Climate injustice for sale in Northeast’s carbon trade

CvC’s Dan Fischer writes in Climate Connections:

Climate injustice for sale in Northeast’s carbon trade

By Dan Fischer, 5 November 2013, Special to Climate Connections

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With establishment environmentalists’ support, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states wish to update and expand the region’s electricity sector cap-and-trade program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or RGGI. At quarterly auctions, RGGI sells permits for pollution to electricity companies, banks and other bidders, before letting these parties trade with each other on a pollution market. An update currently being implemented to RGGI’s Model Rule[1] would lower the number of pollution rights sold at these auctions, theoretically reducing the region’s pollution over time. A number of factors, however, make RGGI unlikely to fairly or effectively reduce emissions.RGGI’s update could bring to the region new pollution hotspots in poor and minority communities, increased use of carbon offsets, and a greater reliance on dirty, greenhouse gas-emitting energy sources like biomass and natural gas.

Read more: http://climate-connections.org/2013/11/05/climate-injustice-for-sale-in-northeasts-carbon-trade/

Here are the footnotes that got cut off:

[1] http://rggi.org/docs/ProgramReview/_FinalProgramReviewMaterials/Model_Rule_Summary.pdf

[2] http://rggi.org/docs/PressReleases/PR102113_Executive_Committee_Final.pdf

[3] http://www.pointcarbon.com/news/1.2633191?date=20131011&sdtc=1

[4] http://www.rggi.org/docs/RGGI_Fact_Sheet.pdf

[5]http://www.environmentamerica.org/sites/environment/files/reports/A%20Double%20Success%20cover%20vUS%20web.pdf

[6]http://www.colorlines.com/archives/2013/04/message_from_the_grassroots_dont_blow_it_on_climate_change_this_time.html

[7] http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Presence-of-Mind-Blue-Sky-Thinking.html

[8] http://ccap.org/assets/Recommendations-to-Governor-Pataki-for-Reducing-New-York-State-Greenhouse-Gas-Emissions_CCAP_April-2003.pdf

[9]http://www.mjbradley.com/sites/default/files/MJBA_RGGI_Issue%20Brief_February2013.pdf

[10] http://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/jep.27.1.123

[11]http://www.environmentamerica.org/sites/environment/files/reports/A%20Double%20Success%20cover%20vUS%20web.pdf

[12] http://www.csu.edu/cerc/documents/DarkeningSkies.pdf

http://www.naacp.org/pages/coal-blooded1

[13] http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/sites/thecornerhouse.org.uk/files/carbonDDlow.pdf. 123.

[14]http://www.eenews.net/assets/2011/03/30/document_pm_01.pdf. 20-21.

[15]http://www.mjbradley.com/sites/default/files/MJBA_RGGI_Issue%20Brief_February2013.pdf

[16] http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/Global/usa/report/2010/1/carbon-scam-noel-kempff-clima.pdf

[17]http://rggi.org/docs/ProgramReview/_FinalProgramReviewMaterials/Model_Rule_Summary.pdf

[18] http://climate-connections.org/2011/08/03/chiapas-villagers-to-california-air-resources-board-%E2%80%9Cwe-say-no-to-redd-plus%E2%80%9D/

http://www.foe.org/news/news-releases/2013-07-chiapas-cancels-disastrous-forest-plan-linked-to-cal

[19] http://climate-connections.org/2011/04/13/chiapas-mexico-from-living-in-the-jungle-to-‘existing’-in-“little-houses-made-of-ticky-tacky

http://www.globaljusticeecology.org/connections.php?ID=544

[20] http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2009/11/gms-money-trees

[21] http://www.rggi.org/design/overview/regulated_sources

[22] http://www.energyjustice.net/files/styles/large/private/CO2chart.png

[23] http://www.bredl.org/pdf3/BIOMASS_REPORT-SMOKE_and_MIRRORS.pdf. 29.

[24]http://www.manomet.org/sites/manomet.org/files/Manomet_Biomass_Report_ExecutiveSummary.pdf

[25] http://www.energyjustice.net/naturalgas

[26] http://climate-connections.org/2013/01/18/plan-nord-be-dammed-innu-reject-quebec-governments-north-for-all-plan/#more-25439

http://climate-connections.org/2013/05/09/innu-not-idle-as-plan-nord-advances/

[27] http://www.ratical.org/radiation/UraniumInNavLand.html

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=earth-talk-reservations-about-toxic-waste

[28] http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/unhelpful-hansen/?_r=0

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