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Throughout the justending political campaign if you were listening you heard politicians snarl out the words capandtrade, lips curling with disgust. Smallpox is treated with more courtesy.

So it may be a bit of a tonic to remind people in Connecticut that we are trying to reduce the amount of carbon we send into the air through a capandtrade system. And its working.

The 10 states New England, plus New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland formed the compact in 2003 in an attempt to cut the carbon emissions connected to climate change. and a model for others.

RGGI has focused its attention on reducing the carbon emissions from big, stationary sources power plants.

Ninety percent of the greenhouse gases we produce comes from burning fossil fuels, Schain said. And of that 90 percent, 22 percent comes from powergenerating plants. After transportation and heating, its the thirdbiggest source of carbon emissions in the region.

Energy consultant points out that marketbased capandtrade systems arent new. Theyve been used successfully to cut the sulphur dioxide emissions that caused acid rain.

You want to know what started that, Gordes said. .

RGGI doesnt stop plants from polluting, but they have to buy credits for polluting. The credits are auctioned quarterly, with the states earning money from the proceeds.

As the cost of credits increases, theres more incentive for companies to reduce their emissions.

Companies that dont pollute get to sell their credits. There have been nine auctions so far. The next will be in December.

The goal is to stabilize the a canada goose expedition men mount of carbon the plants produce by 2015, then reduce it by 10 percent by 2018.

So far the system is working. The auctions have proceeded smoothly. Connecticut has earned $42 million from them, and the money hasnt gone to the giant Mixmaster that is the states General Fund.

Instead, the state has used it for programs to promote energy efficiency and alternative energy programs.

In 2009, those programs helped cut more than $500 million from state utility bills. They also prevented the emission of 1.9 million tons of carbon dioxide in Connecticut, which means cleaner, less asthmatriggering air.

In the face of a federal government that seems comple canada goose expedition men tely deadlocked on creating a national energy policy, we should remind people that capandtra canada goose expedition men de is a program, not a political buzzword. canada goose expedition men