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  1. Gee, does this mean I can finally cash in on that 25 Trillion Carbon Credits certificate I have?

    Comment by mojo — November 14, 2012 @ 8:23 am

  2. Might as well be plastic bags.

    Comment by geezerette — November 14, 2012 @ 8:52 am

  3. …auctioning off greenhouse gas emission credits


    Free pet rock with every order over $10,000.

    And bonus origami boulder for orders over $15,000!

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — November 14, 2012 @ 9:04 am

  4. Best part is that my Bay-Area uber-liberal d-i-l has a front-row seat for this.

    Comment by rickn8or — November 14, 2012 @ 9:45 am

  5. “selling unicorn farts” !!!!!!!

    Actually, it’s worse.
    The gov’t is now in the business of self-bribery.
    It’s selling pollution, or the rights to pollute …
    For a price, Ugarte, for a price.” (@ 2m:05s).

    I think CA has seen too many movies.
    They’re now subsisting on fantasies,
    and their culture has bred economic fiction.

    Comment by DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!) — November 14, 2012 @ 10:29 am

  6. Amazing what gets printed the week after the election, ain’t it?


    Comment by MCPO — November 14, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  7. What Doug said times a billion. Are you ready for this?

    “Natural Resources Marketplace” – selling bullshit indulgences at obscene profits, taking advantage of the guilt-ridden gullible and hassle averse public. Oh, and to undermine private property ownership – there’s that as well.

    You want a permit for that? You may get your permit if you let us put a conservation easement on your property. We will then sell that easement as mitigation to a developer across the world and rake in the dough. Meanwhile, you have just lost some use of your property and paid the government a permit fee to boot! Some racket, eh?

    What “currencies” does the NRM use? Carbon credits are so yesterday! There are water banks, species diversity banks, and such intangibles as will make your head spin. A real auditor’s nightmare, among other things.

    Well here, you read and process this.

    Coming soon to a county near you! If you want to avoid this, better keep an eye on your planning departments and nip this in the bud NOW!!!

    Comment by PeggyU — November 14, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

  8. What a great concept!!! Activity X is deemed to be Harmful to the Planet, but if you give us a few million $$, we’ll let you go right ahead with Activity X.

    There’s a pretty good novel, Biodiesel, about an anthropology professor who decides to start making his own diesel fuel from cooking oil. Along the way he butts up against a greedy businessman, who naturally intends to corner that market.

    The writer has a website, Green Tremayne.com. This part is in the form of a blog, run by his wife, Daphne, a not-too-bright VP of Publicity.

    The most recent post is

    Comment by ZZMike — November 14, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  9. These “markets” are already established, but we don’t have to play if we keep our local governments from participating.

    Comment by PeggyU — November 14, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  10. WE, the consumer get to pick up the tab—-for Anti-Dragon repellent. Meanwhile, 99.99% of earth ignores………..mostly the 70% that is ocean……

    Los Angeles 2000 ft temperature inversion continues to cause what ancients called “Valley of the Smokes”…………..

    Adam Smith is———————–still dead….

    Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — November 14, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  11. I wonder if I could save my all farts in a garbage bag and when it gets full, take them in and get a rebate, or sumpin’? Of course, there would only be one way for them to check it.

    Well, either that or an awful lot of canaries are going to have to die needless, agonizing deaths.

    Comment by Hog Whitman — November 14, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

  12. ColJ, I’ll pass on the anti-Dragon repellant (unless Pelosi is coming to my town) but after hearing clips of Commander Benghazi’s flippant presser today, I sure could use some anti-Bullshit repellant.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — November 14, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

  13. Carbon markets are pure, unadulterated corruption. They exist to make bureaucrats and politicians rich at the expense of everyone else.

    You don’t think Al Gore, the numerous millionaire bureaucrats of the EU and the new green millionaires sucking the life out of business here (through mandates, subsidies, and setup bankruptcies) got rich by making products the public wanted, hard work, or accident, did you?

    It’s not like people are attracted to power because it smells like grilled cheese sandwiches.

    Comment by Merovign — November 15, 2012 @ 2:11 am

  14. What is the point of a market or auction of a product that has no demand, that has no useful purpose, and can be “manufactured” infinitely at zero cost to produce? Good racket indeed. The only thing missing is the law to force people to buy them.

    Comment by Professor Hale — November 15, 2012 @ 8:51 am

  15. The laws do sort of exist. You want to build, you have to buy a permit. They look at your permit application and determine that you are causing some sort of “harm” to the environment or have some other issue that requires “mitigation”. They will allow you to obtain your permit if you pay a mitigation fee and/or give them something, some aspect of your property, that they can use in their mitigation bartering. It is all unicorn farts, but they make the rules and the money.

    Comment by PeggyU — November 15, 2012 @ 10:47 am

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