Cap and Trade Policy
One of the things that I have heard over and over again as a PolySci major is the idea of a global cap and trade policy. This is the idea that pollutors across the world would have a pollution cap and those pollutors who came in under the cap coulde sell their polluting rights to thouse who are above. THe idea behind this is that we are giving people economic incentive to cut pollution, i.e. the opportunity to sell any rights not used.
While the idea sounds hunky dory in theory, I have a hard time swallowing what's being sold. Does anybody really expect that all of the industrialized nations are ever going to sign on to such a plan? I think the failed Kyoto Treaty gives plenty of proof to that. In addition, what is to keep any such nation from pulling out of a treaty when it is no longer in their best interest?
This might sound like sacriledge to the tree huggers, but it might be time to accept that, for the moment at least, it is virtually impossible to make global environmental policy. What we should do, however, is view environmental protection and conservation as a quality of life issue here in the United States and focus on policy that can be effective in getting clean water to drink, clean air to breath, and allows for the conservation of the environment for those of us here.