Carbon trading price hits record low, perhaps a message for not staging mass protests against hands off approach to Gulf oil disaster by Obama
- Surely one or more of the CCNY 70's era guys in the NRDC can finance a thousand or so buses into DC, at least for old time's sake, if not for choking, staggering dying birds on the US coast. They care nothing about the environment but are into politics and big money going back at least to Enron days.
- NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has been successful publicizing itself and carbon trading via MLB and images of Robert Redford.
- amid a surplus of the pollution rights and doubts that Congress will create a national emissions market this year.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative sold 40.7 million permits for $1.88 each, 19 cents lower than the last auction held in March and 2 cents above the minimum allowable bid, the cap-and-trade program said on its website today.
- Each permit in the carbon trading program for power plants from Maryland to Maine represents one ton of carbon dioxide.
- This week’s auction, held June 9
- with the results withheld until today,
- also offered 2.14 million permits from the 2012-to-2014 control period. They went for $1.86.
“Prices are a lot lower than expected,” Tim Cheung, an analyst with
- Bloomberg New Energy Finance in New York, said in a telephone interview.
“Demand for power hasn’t increased with the economic recovery and that means
- there’s an oversupply of permits in the market.” *
The surplus of permits, also called allowances, is due to the gap between actual carbon dioxide output from power plants and the number of permits being issued by the Northeast states. The
- states decided in 2005 how many permits to issue and left room for emissions to rise
- before the 2009 start of the cap-and- trade program.
- Instead, emissions fell as the economy slowed.
The auction price for permits peaked at $3.51 in March 2009 as Democrats in the U.S. House were preparing federal cap-and- trade legislation that would suspend the Northeastern market and convert its surplus permits into federal allowances.
- Speculation that Northeastern pollution permits could be converted into federal allowances drew
- “financial players” such as banks and hedge funds into the Northeastern carbon market,
Paul Tesoriero, director of environmental trading at Evolution Markets LLC in White Plains, New York, said in a telephone interview.
- When the cap-and-trade legislation narrowly passed the House and stalled in the Senate, those “high hopes” faded and “you’re seeing the
- financial players not participating” in the market alongside the power plants that have to buy the carbon dioxide permits to keep running, Tesoriero said.
“If there was another layer of financial players, there’d be more demand in the market,” he said.
- With the “low probability” of Congress enacting a federal cap-and-trade market for carbon dioxide this year, prices are falling closer to $1.86 faster than expected, he said. “Everyone in the market knows this thing is heading to $1.86; it’s just when are we going to get there.”
In secondary market trading, December-delivered permits fell 10 cents, or 4.9 percent, to a record low of $1.96 each
- on the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange."
"US Northeast Carbon permits draw record low price," by Simon Lomax, 6/11, via Tom Nelson. photo of oil choked bird on US coast by AP
- *(There is no economic recovery.) ed.
- "George Soros, the billionaire hedge fund operator, says money managers would find ways to manipulate cap-and-trade markets. “The system
- can be gamed,” Soros, 79, remarked.... “That’s why financial types like me like it -- because there are
- financial opportunities.”"
- Sierra Club sings praises of Obama. This formally ends the fraud that so-called environmentalists care
- anything about the environment. ed.