英国石油公司漏油事有积极意义吗?

坎布里奇——

也许这只是痴人说梦,但墨西哥湾英国石油公司(BP)海底漏油事故可能促使美国环保政策出现大改观。是的,肇事者必须得到严惩。惟其如此,人民才会继续相信法律之公正,而其他石油公司在承担过多风险时亦将三思而后行。但是,如果这就是BP事故的全部最终后果的话,美国将失去对其环保和能源政策进行亡羊补牢的良机。近几年来,政策已经大大落后了。

美国环保政策长久以来建立在一个不现实的前提上:对新能源技术相对较低的补贴可以替代税收引起的对生产商和消费者的价格激励。在这样的情况下,我们有什么理由认为政策会有所改变呢?

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