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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • By definition, if government mandates it, it's not market based, and it's probably not cost-effective.

    Sorry, but your definitions are off. Paying taxes is a government mandate, and there's a cost-effective, market-based industry to help us do it. Nothing is compelling you to spend a weekend with a shoebox full of little slips of paper constantly adding and subtracting the same numbers over and over.

    Similarly, emissions caps tied to markets for trading emissions credits is both market based and co

    • by pudge (1) on 2006.02.08 16:09 (#46085) Homepage Journal
      Similarly, emissions caps tied to markets for trading emissions credits is both market based and cost effective.

      It's debatable how cost-effective it is in practice. But yes, it is market-based, however, obviously not wholly so. A wholly market-based solution would be for there to be no laws specific to it, and let the market decide it all, with no government pressure.

      But few people think that when you significantly affect other people through your actions, there should always be no government regulation. [mac.com]

      Actually, it's more a sign that W has what he wants (8 years in office, war in Iraq), and burning all of his bridges, since he won't need them anymore.

      Hm? Bush has favored cap-and-trade since the 2000 campaign, and has worked to implement cap-and-trade programs several times (including the 2002 Clear Skies Initiative).