It amazes me how few people actually check the data about cap and trade. It is a scam and unfortunately it continues to be used as an excuse to pollute. Now China joins the other industrial big polluters and gets to claim reductions that don't actually exist except on paper.
Let's make a deal and everybody go to Paris together on this one boys!
People do not even understand how the process is supposed to work. They'll tell you to go visit some cap and trade site and 'look for yourself'. Yeah okay thanks but how come they can't explain how it works? Is it that complicated?
If you claim an offset for say 600 million metric tons of carbon does that mean that 600 million tons were removed from being added to the atmosphere?
No it does not. The 600 million metric tons of carbon will continue to be added to the atmosphere but they will be 'offset'.
Herein lies the rub. Ask them to explain what is meant by an offset and they cannot. Ask them will the 600 million metric tons of carbon be stopped from entering the atmosphere by these offsets and you find out that it won't be stopped. So how does cap and trade work then if it doesn't actually reduce the carbon being added to the atmosphere?
An offset ("if they are even plausible" <<< think about that phrase) can be a forest. How does that work you might ask? The government decides this forest earns un-pollution credits which can be sold to polluters so that they can keep producing that 600 million metric tons of carbon BUT the government can say that it has reduced the total production of carbon by 600 million metric tons.
Yes the 600 million tons is still being produced but with the magic of cap and trade, the government can say that it reduced the overall production of carbon because that 600 million tons were offset by pollution credits.
Thus 600 million tons of carbon are added to the atmosphere will be offset by carbon credits and the result will be that 600 million tons of carbon added to the atmosphere just like before.
This is progress and the preferred solution to meeting agreed upon reductions in carbon promised at previous climate summits.
Cap and Trade is a con game. Polluters buy permission slips to keep polluting. There are no reductions in the carbon being produced. Nevertheless because of the trickery, governments can claim that they have reduced the amount of carbon their countries produce.