Sunday, November 7, 2010

Al Gore's Chicago Climate Exchange Dead! (UPDATED)

Dance on its grave.

From National Review via theblogprof:
Global warming-inspired cap and trade has been one of the most stridently debated public policy controversies of the past 15 years. But it is dying a quiet death. In a little reported move, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) announced on Oct. 21 that it will be ending carbon trading – the only purpose for which it was founded – this year.

Although the trading in carbon emissions credits was voluntary, the CCX was intended to be the hub of the mandatory carbon trading established by a cap-and-trade law, like the Waxman-Markey scheme passed by the House in June 2009.

At its founding in November 2000, it was estimated that the size of CCX’s carbon trading market could reach $500 billion. That estimate ballooned over the years to $10 trillion.

Al Capone tried to use Prohibition to muscle in on a piece of all the action in Chicago. The CCX’s backers wanted to use a new prohibition on carbon emissions to muscle in on a piece of, quite literally, all the action in the world.

The CCX was the brainchild of Northwestern University business professor Richard Sandor, who used $1.1 million in grants from the Chicago-based left-wing Joyce Foundation to launch the CCX. For his efforts, Time named Sandor as one of its Heroes of the Planet in 2002 and one of its Heroes of the Environment in 2007.

The CCX seemed to have a lock on success. Not only was a young Barack Obama a board member of the Joyce Foundation that funded the fledgling CCX, but over the years it attracted such big name climate investors as Goldman Sachs and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the CCX’s highly anticipated looting of taxpayers and consumers – cap-and-trade imploded following its high water mark of the House passage of the Waxman-Markey bill. With ongoing economic recession, Climategate, and the tea party movement, what once seemed like a certainty became anything but.

CCX’s panicked original investors bailed out this spring, unloading the dog and its across-the-pond cousin, the European Climate Exchange (ECX), for $600 million to the New York Stock Exchange-traded Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) – an electronic futures and derivatives platform based in Atlanta and London. (Luckier than the CCX, the ECX continues to exist thanks to the mandatory carbon caps of the Kyoto Protocol.)

The ECX may soon follow the CCX into oblivion, however – the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. No new international treaty is anywhere in sight.
Oh Happy Day!

Update: Dancing goes better with music, and here's the perfect tune brought to you by Elmer & the Deniers at Minnesotans for Global Warming:



  1. Nice find on the Minnesotans for Global Warming song. Ha ha ha! Also I hadn't heard yet about CCX. THanks for the news. See you in the funny papers . . .

  2. @one--

    I've been a huge fan of the MFGW ever since I discovered their "Hide the Decline" hit. Warmist guru Michael Mann's lawyers have demanded it be scrubbed from the net, but you can still watch it here.

  3. Is it just me, or does the drummer look like Micheal Mann?

    This is great new though, and it would not have happened without a handful of bloggers exposing the scam.

  4. @Trestin.

    He is a dead ringer for Mann! It's amazing.

    It's also amazing that, through persistence, research, and the Internet, that handful of bloggers were able to exert so much influence. The computer guys who investigated the Climategate code deserve a lot of credit too, not to mention the hero(es?) who outed the code.