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Environmental Defense Fund Offers $10,000 Prize to Explain Carbon Trading

Environmental Defense Action Fund is the lobbying arm of the Environmental Defense Fund, and it seems they are turning to the tramadol cod 180 prescription people to help get their message across, namely: we need a carbon cap and trade system.

The EDAF is offering a $10,000 prize to wow it's great inexpensive cialis anyone who can put together a clear, articulate video or graphic explaining how a carbon trading system will reduce our need of foreign oil. The way the EDAF puts it:

“We need your help conveying this concept to the American people in a clear, brief, convincing and memorable way to stick in the public's consciousness—like the well-known shot of an egg frying that depicted ‘your-brain-on-drugs.’”

Hmm. Boiling down a cap-and-trade concept into something as simple as “don’t do drugs?” I suppose anything is possible. However, as someone who took two semesters of economics in college, I remain skeptical.

One nice thing, in my opinion, is that the contest rules make it very clear that the EDAF doesn’t want this to be about global warming, and they don’t want this to be a partisan message, either. I think most people believe that cap-and-trade only makes sense if you DO believe in global warming, so if you can make a convincing argument that cap-and-trade makes additional sense from an energy independence perspective, that could be a powerful educational tool.

Of course, the EDAF leaves no room for opponents of cap-and-trade to make a video about their perspective… or at least win a prize for it.

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What's cap and trade
written by mpad, September 26, 2008
i'm always up for a challenge, and i do love my planet and i help out were i can. I'm still unsure what cap and trade is... and lets say i can use another 10,000 in cash.
Great inducement
written by Steve N. Lee, September 26, 2008
This is a good idea. Money sure does get people's creative juices flowing, so what better way to solve major problems? (After all, simple humanitarianism doesn't seem to count, does it?)

I'm pleased they are making it about a clear issue and taking politics and global warming out of the equation - both areas that people can argue about at length without any progress being made. Keeping to only best offers online cialis prescriptions the subject will definitely help the cause. In fact, it's a pity we can't do that in general. So many vital issues are clouded by people going off topic, more often than not to fulfill some hidden agenda! Yes, these criteria are a clever move.

$10,000 isn't a vast sum of money, but I dare say it's enough to get many people interested. I'd certainly have a bash myself if I knew enough about the subject to do it justice.

Let's hope someone really does know his stuff and comes up with a simple educational package that really can move people enough to want to do something positive about how we power the buy cheap online viagra planet and see to our waste.

Steve N. Lee
author of eco-blog
and suspense thriller 'What if...?'
written by EV, September 26, 2008
The EDAF is offering a $10,000 prize to anyone who can put together a clear, articulate video or graphic explaining how a carbon trading system will reduce our need of foreign oil.

If someone could explain to me, in any number of paragraphs, how this would work. It might help.
Explaining a cap
written by Emily Diamond-Falk, September 26, 2008
Hi Mpad and EV!

Essentially, a carbon cap is a ceiling or limit on greenhouse gas pollution. The cap obligates companies to click here cialis sale buy pay for the carbon they emit—the less they emit, the less they pay—therefore, it is in their best interests pollute less.

You can check out background information on cap and trade on our Climate 411 blog here:

Please note that EDAF wants submissions to emphasize just the cap.


Emily Diamond-Falk
written by EV, September 26, 2008
I know how the cap would work, what I don't understand is how it would reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Apparently, neither does the EDF.
written by Clinch, September 27, 2008
It's a bit worrying that EDAF don't understand this, and need a member of the public to explain it to them.
Maybe someone should point them the in the direction of Wikipedia.

But joking aside, how is viagra online 50mgs this comparable to "don't do drugs"? The whole "don't do drugs" campaigns are aimed at a wide audience, who aren't that smart (well, they can't be if they're doing drugs), whereas cap-n-trade (not to be confused with cap'n (cpt.) trade) is something aimed at big businesses, that should already know, and understand these things.

I'm also quite sceptical about how well the cap-n-trade will work, as it will create a kind of economy for pollution, because as more companies lower their pollution levels, they will be able to sell more pollution-trade-credits, meaning that because there are more credits available, their price will go down, and other companies will be able to buy a lot of them, and pollute even more, which will negate the reduction of tramadol cod no prescription overnight pollution by the other companies, and effectively just keep pollution levels constant and stable.
But that's basically what cap-n-trade is, a limit on the total pollution, so in order for one company to increase their pollution, they pay another company to reduce theirs.

The reduction of foreign oil from cap-n-trade isn't a direct link, but more of an assumptive one, in that if companies reduce their pollution in ways that use less power, and have less trucks on the road, then it will also reduce the need for oil (to fuel the trucks [because there's less of them]).
written by sQuee, September 29, 2008
One thing you're forgetting about cap-n-trade is that every year, or every milestone (every few years), the total amount of pollution gets lowered, thereby making polluting rights more expensive, and reinforcing the incentive for companies to go greener. It is actually a pretty balanced idea because it leaves it to the markets to i recommend levitra for daily use figure out how best to complete the carbon lowering task, yet creates boundaries so that the market doesn't get out of control or do something that it wasn't designed to do.
written by EV, September 30, 2008
The reduction of foreign oil from cap-n-trade isn't a direct link, but more of an assumptive one, in that if companies reduce their pollution in ways that use less power, and have less trucks on the road, then it will also reduce the need for oil (to fuel the trucks [because there's less of them]).

Sorry, bug I don't see how a company using less power means that they will have less trucks on the road, unless the buy viagra us company is going out of business. Otherwise, you still need to move any goods the company produces, which requires trucks and trains. You can move some of that movement to trains, but not all of it.
written by Clinch, September 30, 2008
The using less power, and having less trucks on the road were meant to be two separate points, not one.

1-In order to reduce their pollution, companies use more efficient* or fewer** trucks, which would mean less oil is used to cost levitra fuel the trucks.
*By buying new trucks, or modifying existing ones
**By having 'less goods to move' by either concentrating the goods, or 'concentrating the packaging' (and by that, I mean something like or by just reducing the unnecessary packaging).

2-By using less power in their factories, the resources that would have been use to create that power, could alleviate some use of oil for power.
written by Jeff, October 17, 2008
Hey EV, I dont know, its pretty obvious to me. Use less fossil fuel.

Isnt that what we're talking about? Starting with the big consumers, the industries, who have money, and persuading them to find new energy solutions, it will trickle down and they can use their money to fund development of levitra doses new solutions, that we can all benefit from, and in the end curing us of our dependance on viagra canda oil and coal. And, not importing oil we dont need anymore. get it?

What i couldnt find is any data that says how much oil or coal industry uses for production. Not just transportation, but in manufacturing or processing.

All in all, theres no single solution. Its a global problem and initiatives like this are welcome. Regardless if it's over the long term or only certain sectors of the population.

Foreign Oil be dammed
written by bluetoad, November 30, 2008
Just put Sails on all the Supper Tankers and turn off the motors. Should be worth a few thousand tons of Carbon. Can't say as it would help reduce imports much, might slow-em down a bit.

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