Physicians for Civil Defense’s “Money and Power” (November 2007) has an outstanding perspective on cap-and-trade proposals for carbon emissions, and other greenhouse gas regulations.
Under a cap and trade scheme, success will depend on skill in predicting or manipulating government policy. Bookmakers such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs would broker the carbon credit trading they support, making money from the forced purchases and sales, whatever the market did. Placing big bets are the 10 corporate welfare seekers that formed the Climate Action Partnership (USCAP). These include Duke Energy, PG&E, FPL, PNM Resources, Alcoa, BP, Caterpillar, Dupont, General Electric, PepsiCo, and others (see www.us-cap.org), hoping for $1.3 trillion in free money.
We encourage anyone who owns stock in any of these companies to introduce a stockholder resolution, in accordance with SEC requirements, that denounces carbon emission trading and emission caps as a scam from which the company should disassociate itself (while encouraging energy efficiencies that reduce costs for consumers while increasing company profits).
Royal Philips Electric, which is seeking legislation to force people to buy its compact fluorescent lights (we buy CFLs, but not from Philips) is yet another problem, and it was a sponsor of the Live Earth Concert.