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Cap-and-Trade Programs

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Cap-and-trade programs provide the most market-friendly solution to the problem of global warming. While far from perfect, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), recently passed by the House, which would enact a cap-and-trade program, is the most significant step the United States has taken toward trying to reverse the effects of global warming.


Putting a cap on CO2 emissions will cause energy producers to raise their prices, which will eventually hurt American families and prompt people to spend less money. A cap-and-trade program would also be a less expedient way of curbing CO2 than a direct "carbon tax."