A Top 5: Candidates for Most Thoughtful, Statesman-Like Quotes on ‘Cap and Trade’

by Bill Chameides | April 30th, 2010
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)

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To cap-and-trade our way out of global warming or not. That is the question.

Whether ’tis better to suffer the swings and derivatives of the marketplace or to tax or better yet to sleep, perchance to dream it’s all a hoax. Not likely, bub.

To our great fortune, public figures of all political persuasions have weighed in on the topic, expressing their opinions on a cap-and-trade system to reduce America’s carbon emissions. We’ve searched around the public record, sifting through utterance after utterance after printed word to find the most memorable.

Because they are unlikely to make the next edition of The Greatest Quotes in American Political Discourse (published annually by the TGG Press — just send in a $100-check for a lifetime subscription), an entire post is being devoted to them here.

Let the Countdown Begin

5. “I think the term ‘cap and trade’ is not in the lexicon anymore.”

— Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in an interview on CNBC, March 31, 2010

4. Dueling quotes on why to oppose cap and trade:

“Obama is going to use cap and trade to redistribute wealth to poor people. “

Rush Limbaugh, February 26, 2009

“Cap and trade … is a scheme to redistribute income and wealth — but in a very curious way. It takes from the working class and gives to the affluent.”

Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2009

3. On supporters of cap and trade as streakers: “They have exposed themselves as incompetent, they have exposed themselves as wicked, they have exposed themselves quite honestly I think as treasonous. I think some of them are treasonous. They have exposed themselves.”

                                    — Glenn Beck, June 26, 2009

2. “I don’t know what ‘cap and trade’ means.”

— Senator John Kerry (D-MA), when introducing his bill last fall, September 24, 2009

1. On cap and trade: “Horsefeathers! Horsefeathers! Horsefeathers!”

— Gurley Martin, Republican hopeful for the U.S. Senate seat from Kentucky (as quoted in the New York Times), April 2010

You know what really makes me sad? If Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund and a cap-and-trade proponent for decades, said “economywide cap and trade died of … natural causes in Washington,” then we won’t have any more cap-and-trade quotes to kick around anymore.

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  1. MattN
    May 1, 2010

    …you boy James Hansen is vehemently opposed to Cap’n’trade, right?

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