The Al Capone Strategy

By Keith Kloor | November 23, 2010 7:35 am

Utility executives that had favored the failed cap & trade bill in Congress are moving on, reports the WSJ:

In a blueprint released last week, Exelon executives said their 13-state region could achieve reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions nearly equal to what federal legislation might have achieved in the next decade by pressing ahead with activities already encouraged by state and federal regulators.

This includes investment in nuclear power plant enhancements and a raft of energy efficient programs, such as “smart” meters and new transmission lines to ferry wind and solar power.

The money quote goes to one exec, who likens the roundabout CO2-reduction approach to the way a famous mobster was once taken down:

It’s like getting Al Capone for tax evasion. It’s not as satisfying as getting him for murder, but it still puts him away.

Clever, but it still happened by way of the federal government.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: climate change, Energy
MORE ABOUT: climate change, Energy
  • harrywr2

    If I am reading correctly the Energy Act of 2007 which passed with the support of 19 Republican Senators and signed into law by a Republican President created a sufficient legal framework for these developments to take place.
    Is that correct?

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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine. In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest. He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.

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