Climate bill would create new financial system; winners and losers emerge in carbon economy
In addition to raising energy prices, the climate legislation that's winding through Congress would create a parallel financial system with a carbon-based currency.
Everyone from small farmers to nuclear energy companies would be forced to re-evaluate their place in the new order. Power plants, factories and refineries would feel the first impact if the federal government moves ahead with plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and by about 80 percent near the end of the century.
The sharply debated bill's fate is unclear in the Senate. A major struggle is expected with 60 votes needed to overcome a certain Republican filibuster.
How much it will affect other industries is still a matter of intense debate, though the primary winners and losers are already emerging.
Solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy companies, including nuclear, are some of the obvious winners in a carbon economy.
In addition to the billions of federal stimulus dollars they expect to receive, those industries can expect to see a huge boost in investment as utilities and power companies are forced to cut their carbon emissions. Companies like Florida Power & Light Co., Arizona Public Service, Southern California Edison and others are already investing in solar farms and other renewable energy projects, and they'll likely spend even more to increase the mix of carbon-neutral energy sources.
Farmers also will find new ways to make money in a carbon economy. Carbon consultants like the International Carbon Bank & Exchange in Florida see huge potential in agriculture for managing carbon emissions. Farmers that till their soil differently or apply new environmental techniques can get money by cooperating with a polluter as a carbon "offset.">>>MORE
Monday, June 29, 2009
Winners and losers emerge in climate bill
From the AP via Yahoo Finance: