Though carbon trading ideally reduces carbon emissions, practically, it is difficult to implement. According to a Stanford study, up to 66% of emission offsets under the Kyoto Treaty were not actual reductions (1). In West Virginia, politicians may be also considering the American economy. With the current recession, firms that are cutting back on production could store credits; when the recession lifts, industries could use stored credits to increase production and limit further costly emission reductions, which, in the long run, causes more harm. Furthermore, despite the evidence supporting global warming, not all people believe in it. Politicians are hesitant to restrict industry in a recovering economy while being unsure of whether carbon emission reduction would contribute significantly to the environment.
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