Thursday, April 2, 2009

What To Do About the Cap and Trade Idea?

What really should be done from a normal free-markets and American perspective? Forget it; it’s nothing but a big market distortion. People willingly buy goods and services that return utility to them – not the right to cause dis-utility to another unidentified and nebulous group. Only a small part of the population would pay into such a fund voluntarily. If they feel better contributing, great. If a Cap and Trade tax program is implemented as the Obama administration has proposed, the only logical place for the revenue is to fund forests and other plants that efficiently convert carbon dioxide back into oxygen. Imagine paying Brazilian rain-forest owners and farmers a fee to recycle carbon dioxide! But that’s not what our environmentalists or the Executive Branch are thinking. They want to use the funds to create further market distortions subsidizing their chosen energy technologies and groups.

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