Emissions Trading Doesn’t Cause Pollution ‘Hot Spots’

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Programs that allow facilities to buy and sell emission allowances have been popular and effective since they were introduced in the U.S. two decades ago. But critics worry the approach can create heavily polluted “hot spots” in low-income and minority communities.

A new study by Evan Ringquist, professor in the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, finds the problem hasn’t materialized — that the efficiency gains of allowance trading have not come at the expense of equitable treatment of minorities and the poor.

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