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I put a link to this Bay Daily article on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Facebook page, and received 10 responses within a few hours.

The Facebook members were asked whether they agree or disagree with the idea of using cap and trade to reduce nitrogen pollution in the Bay.

Here are the responses:

* I'm all for saving the Bay, but we end up paying these fees. The industries aren’t going to pay this, they just pass it along to us in our utility bills. But this might actually help people become more conservative in their resource consuming habits.

* Disagree. Existing regulations should be vigorously enforced!

* DISAGREE. How on earth could it be okay to say it's okay to ruin the bay if you pay for it after the fact????

* Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't "cap and trade" just the new euphamism for the polluters' "cost of doing business"?

* No cap & trade!

* Cap and trade seems to be more smoke and mirrors and money than real fixes. It would be better to push for technologies that clean-up and contain waste streams rather than letting folks continue to make them.

* So wrong. Without Cap & Trade, utilities would simply pay higher fees for carbon emmisions. Guess where they would get the funds to pay these fees- from the rate payers!

* More taxes for us and more $ to
Gore and his cronies,,,,,,,,,,Cap & Trade? NO way!

* At face value, it sounds like a "creative" way to solve a problem. It can be tweaked so that the paying public and their Bay are the main winners. Much of that depends on how many people show up at the hearing.

* The hearing's gonna be on my 21st birthday- things gotta go good : )

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