Preserving Additionality of Complementary GHG-Reduction Actions Under Waxman-Markey

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 Last revised: 26 Jun 2009

Date Written: June 16, 2009

Abstract

Although the Waxman-Markey bill that is before the House of Representatives falls short of the "science-based" targets sought by climate scientists, complementary actions by states, cities, corporations and individuals could help move the nation closer to the goal of climate sustainability. But the House bill, as currently written, would perversely deter complementary GHG-reduction efforts because it does not provide adequate mechanisms for ensuring that such actions will actually lead to additional emission reductions. Instead, the reductions could simply result in a transfer of emission rights between regulated entities.

Keywords: Waxman-Markey, cap-and-trade

JEL Classification: K32, O38, Q28, Q48

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Kenneth C., Preserving Additionality of Complementary GHG-Reduction Actions Under Waxman-Markey (June 16, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1421947 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1421947

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