Introducing US HR2454 – Waxman-Markey Climate Bill

June 14, 2009 – 9:14 am
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US HR2454 – Waxman-Markey Climate Bill

In case you have not heard yet…

On a related note to a recent post pertaining to energy efficiency vs. energy avoidance and common perception that Green IT is all about carbon footprints (e.g. the Green Gap), here’s some material for those who like to read or talk about carbon and emissions trading schemes (ETS). Currently in the US congress, there is legislation making the rounds generically called the Waxman-Markey Climate Change bill or also known as HR2454 e.g. American Clean Energy and Security Act (coverage here, here, here and here among others). This is the latest version at a clean energy and climate bill and its effects or impacts on IT or business is yet to be clear, other than a presumed tax increase of some form such as a surcharge or fee tacked onto your energy bill as is the case today with other environmental or compliance initiatives.

Given the amount of energy used by the aviation industry, an industry that is far more likely to be impacted by ETS or other initiatives than IT (at least initially), its been interesting to watch what’s been going on in the aviation world for the past couple of years now with regards to climate and environmental concerns. Now without being an alarmist, or claiming an inconvient truth, for background and insight, here’s a link to a recent piece (Emissions Trading Could Be Inevitable) from AWST to put some things into perspective on caps, trade and related ETS topics on a global basis perhaps shedding some light on what could impact other industries and their supply chains.

Ok, nuff said.

Cheers gs

Greg Schulz – Author Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press, 2011), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press, 2009), and Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier, 2004)

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