RIP: Carbon trading

October 26, 2010

In a little reported move, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) is ending carbon trading this year — the very purpose for which it was founded. CCX will remain open for business, however, as it transitions into the murky world of dealing in carbon offsets.

Outside of a report in Crain’s Chicago Business and a soft-pedalled article in the certain-that-climate-control-regulation-is-coming trade publication Carbon Control News, the media has ignored the demise of the only voluntary U.S. effort at carbon trading.

CCX was sold earlier this year for $600 million to the New York Stock Exchange-listed IntercontinentalExchange (Symbol: ICE), an electronic futures and derivatives platform based in Atlanta and London. ICE also acquired the European Climate Exchange as part of the transaction. The ECX remains open to accomodate the Kyoto Protocol-required carbon trading among EU nations. The sale of CCX to ICE allowed climateers like Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management and Goldman Sachs to cash out of investments in CCX.

At its founding in November 2000, some estimated that the size of CCX’s carbon trading market could reach $500 billion. The CCX was the brainchild of Richard Sandor who used $1.1 million in grants from the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation to launch the CCX. Sandor received $98.5 million for his 16.5% stake in CCX when it was sold. Not bad for an idea that didn’t pan out.

Incredibly (but not surprisingly), although thousands of news articles have been published about CCX by the lamestream media over the years, a Nexis search revealed no news articles published about the demise of CCX in the five days since the CCX’s announcement.

With the demise of CCX carbon trading, only the still-pending Waxman-Markey bill is keeping cap-and-trade alive (technically, at least) in the U.S. According to’s Cap-and-Trade Death Clock, however, Waxman-Markey only has about 68 days of life left before it, too, turns into a pumpkin.

14 Responses to “RIP: Carbon trading”

  1. […] to Steve Milloy’s Green Hell Blog: CCX was sold earlier this year for $600 million to the New York Stock Exchange-listed […]

  2. archaeopteryxgr Says:

    thank you for the good news (I can say it in Greek but have no clue haow it will appear; here is a try: Ευχαριστώ για τα καλά νέα

  3. […] Al Gore e Goldman Sachs di rientrare dei loro investimenti. Ulteriori particolari li trovate qui e qui, ma non sui giornali o in TV, ché certi tonfi non devono far troppo […]

  4. […] la CCX è stata svenduta a 600 milioni (ripetiamo, milioni) di dollari. Grossomodo un millesimo del valore previsto. Bella performance, […]

  5. […] Wholly Reluctance God/King Obama’s Climate Carbon Exchange is Toast. With Carbon Credits pegged at 5 cents per metric tonne since summer, and Waxman-Markey with only […]

  6. […] to Steve Milloy’s Green Hell Blog: CCX was sold earlier this year for $600 million to the New York Stock Exchange-listed […]

  7. adrianvance Says:

    CO2 is a trace gas in the atmosphere, insignificant by definition. It is a poor absorber of IR energy from sunlight compared to water vapor which not only seven times better, molecule by molecule, but has 200 times as many molecules for 1400 times the air heating effect.

    Water vapor is responsible for 99.9% of all atmospheric heating, but…

    Carbon is 84% of petroleum and more of coal which are responsible for 80% of all our energy. Control and taxing of carbon would yield more political and economic power than anything that has happened in 800 years, the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 AD.

    1215 AD was in the Medieval Warming period when Earth was two Celsius degrees warmer than now, a condition about which eco-freaks wail, but it was a period of abundance with Europe awash with grain, Vikings tending sheep in Greenland instead of razing Europe. This is what the anthropogenic global warming, aka “climate change” hoaxers are screaming about. It’s all a power trip and fraud.

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