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September 14, 2009

Carbon Offsets Just More Hot Air?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — uhlawlibrary @ 12:20 pm

BNA’s International Environment Daily reports that Friends of the Earth issued a report on Sept. 10, 2009, calling for the United States and developed countries to  abandon carbon offsets as a climate strategy.  Offsets allow companies and nations to satisfy greenhouse gas reduction obligations by offsetting pollution emissions with emissions reductions elsewhere.  The report said developed countries need to make major emissions cuts, but that offsets allow them to delay emissions cuts by paying the developing world for them.

The American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), passed June 26 by the House, would establish a cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions by 80 percent by 2050 (122 IED, 6/29/09).
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