Yeah, I don't think the cap and trade system can work for Mercury, simply because of the weight involved. You can't apply a regional cap and trade to something that for all intents and purposes is a localized pollution issue.maccool said:Crap, I jumped the gun. It's not enacted yet. Sorry about that, sometimes the long hair in me gets out.
Clear Skies Act -2003. They're proposing a cap and trade policy for mercury. It worked for stuff that can be carried long distances by wind (SO2, NOx), but I'm not that sure about the Hg, Mercury weighing much more.
Turns out I wasn't crazy, I thought I heard and/or read this. This is from NPR's Morning Edition on Dec. 4 2003. Click on the speaker icon.
Yes, some of you will dismiss it due to the source. But take a listen anyway.
Edit: Rocks, I thought you had given up this haven from working. Loser
I think this is simply a bite-the-bullet issue, and the industries emitting the mercury are just going to have to spend the money. I don't see any other alternative.
Hmm, just listened to the NPR broadcast (LOL...I love the lead-in, they just have to subtly insert their bias ). After listening it seems that we don't have all the data we need to make a comprehensive decision one way or another. One thing that was noted in passing though, the problem in the Everglades was addressed at the state level. Perhaps it's an issue that would be easier to address that way.
Damascus, yeah that's pretty much what I mean. I think, however, it would lead to an overall decrease in the amount of forest cover we have.