Call to Reform the Church of Environmentalism

Selling indulgences was so over-abused (it was used to finance the building of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome) that it was one of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses that sparked the Protestant Reformation.  Carbon credits seem no less susceptible to abuse.

Politics in the Zeros » Carbon credits. Selling indulgences
George Monbiot has compared [selling pollution credits] to the medieval practice of selling indulgences. If you were rich and you committed murder or incest or whatever, the Church would sell you forgiveness for a fixed price per sin. You didn’t have to stop sinning — so long as you paid the price, the Church would guarantee your admission to heaven.

The emissions trading schemes are actually worse than that. It’s as though the Church just gave every sinner a stack of Get Out Of Hell Free cards — and those who don’t sin enough to use them all could then sell them to others who want to sin more.

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