Cap-and-trade won't help in the Delta

Published: Sunday, Jul. 6, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Re "Polluter games aren't so cool" (Dan Morain, June 29): Dan Morain is correct in calling cap-and-trade pollution laws into question and looking for better ways to handle pollution.

He needs to look no further than Chapter 22 of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan's Environment Impact Report which concerns pollution.

The BDCP admits the Delta will be overpolluted when construction starts. Imagine diesel trucks operating 24 hours a day, diesel generators for lights, diesel-driven pile drivers slapping steel against steel every seven seconds. Then there's the Delta inversion layer that traps and holds the pollution.

The BDCP consultants say they will zero this out with offsets, i.e., cap-and-trade with some other location. However, the pollution doesn't move to that location. It stays in the Delta, affecting everyone in the workplace.

This is nothing less than fraud. All cap-and-trade laws should be struck down immediately.

-- Burt Wilson, Sacramento

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