Copenhagen, Dec. 15, 2009 – In a clever stunt today at the COP15 climate summit, The National Center for Public Policy Research distributed bubble gum balls today bearing the warning: “Carbon Credit Gum: World’s Biggest Bubble” in an effort to curb enthusiasm for the creation of a carbon market in the United States.
“This colorful candy is meant to elicit laughter, but the joke warns of grave implications,” said Amy Ridenour, president of the National Center. “If our government creates an allegedly-tradable product in carbon allowances it will be creating an artificial market. What will happen when the carbon bubble bursts?”
The biggest problem this climate blogger has with the stunt? The bubble gum distributed was not bubble gum at all. It produced no bubbles even when I chewed all 4 pieces from the pack together and gave it my best shot; and I can blow bubbles with the best of’em.
What does this tell me? Either the gum is bogus, the warning is bogus, or someone at the National Center’s promotions department needs to be fired. Who’s the moron who green lights a stunt dependent on bubble gum that blows “the world’s biggest bubble” and then approves gum for mass distribution that isn’t even bubble gum?
I just lost respect for the National Center for Public Policy Research.
Chalk one up for the carbon market.
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