Western Promises
Gaze into the abyss of Cali’s cap-and-trade


Pacific Coast Producers has competitors in the Midwest, in Italy, and in China — always China, which has more than doubled its industrial-paste production in the past decade. Not only are these likely destinations for leaked emissions, but they render one time-honored response to new regulation — passing the cost on to the customer — unworkable. “What’s sitting in those bins out there is a true global commodity,” Vincent says, pointing to a wall of industrial paste in the factory yard. “That’s like oil.”

I ask what Pacific Coast Producers can do to reduce emissions, to get them clear when CARB lowers the boom. They’re looking at steam-recovery possibilities, their distribution plan, and so on, but it almost certainly won’t be enough. “Sure there’s some tinkering we can do out there,” Shulman says. “But once you hit that, there’s really nothing else we can do except reduce production.”

June 17, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 11

Special Energy Section
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Jonah Goldberg reviews The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure, by Kevin D. Williamson.
  • Theodore Dalrymple reviews Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld.
  • Galen Mac Caba reviews Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century, by Christian Caryl.
  • Jay Nordlinger discusses James Levine, one of the great conductors of our age.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Star Trek: Into Darkness.
  • Richard Brookhiser discusses summer weeds.
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