28 Apr '11, 11pm

Why did environmentalists pursue cap-and-trade and was it a doomed strategy?

Why did environmentalists pursue cap-and-trade and was it a doomed strategy?

The obvious alternatives -- especially a tax and a major push on clean energy -- had been harshly rejected, primarily by Republicans. They were both widely seen as divisive and failed strategies. The BTU tax was killed in the Senate, primarily by the GOP, in 1993 and widely seen as contributing to the loss of control of the House by the Democrats. Clean energy -- both research and development as well as deployment programs -- have been rejected by Republicans for decades, starting with Reagan gutting Carter's clean energy push. Reagan cut renewables R&D deeply, along with efficiency, clean energy deployment, tax credits -- he even took solar panels off the White House. In spite of that, Clinton and Gore tried to meet our Rio Treaty greenhouse voluntary commitment [yes, an oxymoron], returning to 1990 levels by 2000 -- with an "innovation agenda," but Gingrich and his fello...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-policy/2011-04-28-why-did-en...

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