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March 5, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Washington proposal to cut carbon emissions

Model after the EU, not the do-nothing approach

If 40 percent of statistics are inaccurate and 60 percent are misleading, Todd Myers from the Washington Policy Center deserves a 100 percent for his special to The Times [“Create incentive to cut emissions with carbon price,” guest column, Feb. 24].

Myers claims that the European Union is not on track to meet its emissions limit under the Kyoto Protocol. This is completely inaccurate; the EU is on track to use its cap-and-trade program, along with other complementary policies to reduce emissions and meet its Kyoto target.

Further, when talking about the EU’s cap-and-trade program, the Washington Policy Center is using data from 2006 that was in the middle of the EU’s initial trial period of their program, which ran from 2005 to 2007.

In fact, the first official phase of the program started in 2008 and has resulted in emissions reductions in its first year in operation.

Finally, Myers fails to mention that while the EU is on track to meet its Kyoto target (8 percent below 1990 levels by 2012) the U.S. will likely be more than 30 percent above 1990 levels come 2012. Clearly, the EU’s plan has been more successful at reducing emissions than the do-nothing approach advocated by Myers and the Washington Policy Center.

— Owen Atkins, Tacoma

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