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    If we brought those ships in line with modern pollution standards, the cost of shipping goods would rise, but it would start to bring economic viability back to domestic production.

    And the Obama Administration played a big role ensuring that it would happen.  More on this:

    The regulations that reduced the emissions from the Maersk ship are only in force off the coast of California now, but a similar, broader regulatory regimen will be in place in less than a year. In August of 2012, ships sailing into the waters surrounding North America will be subject to stronger controls than those in force globally for sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

    The stricter standard will take effect as an amendment to MARPOL, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. MARPOL is a marine environmental agreement designed to minimize pollution of the seas, whether through dumping, oil discharge or emissions. The agreement took effect in October 1983 and is administered by the International Maritime Organization. One hundred fifty nations are party to the original provisions of the agreement, though fewer nations have signed on to amendments that have passed in the ensuing years.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 06:32:31 AM PST

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