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GHGs mix meaning no hotspots
Albert N. Stavins, Professor of Business and Government at Harvard and Director of the Harvard Environmental
Economics Program, October 2007, “A U.S. Cap and Trade System to Address Global Climate Change,” online:
http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/papers/2007/10climate_stavins/10_climate_stavins.pdf, accessed June
20, 2008

“Cap-and-Trade Creates Hot Spots of Pollution.” Because greenhouse emissions uniformly mix in the
atmosphere, there are no greenhouse gas hot spots. The question is whether allowance trading activity
might lead to excessive concentrations of other, localized pollutants whose emissions are correlated
with greenhouse gas emission
s. This concern has frequently been expressed in California’s debate over a
proposed cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases. A cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases, however,
would not supplant existing local air quality regulations. If a firm’s action resulting from an emissions trade
violates local regulations for NOX emissions, for example, that action would still be illegal no matter how
many greenhouse gas allowances the firm obtained. A greenhouse gas cap-andtrade system would not
interfere with local air quality regulations; only legal trades would be legal.

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