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)
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.”
4. Dueling quotes on why to oppose cap and trade:
“Obama is going to use cap and trade to redistribute wealth to poor people. “
“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.”
2. “I don’t know what ‘cap and trade’ means.”
1. On cap and trade: “Horsefeathers! Horsefeathers! Horsefeathers!”
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.filed under: climate change, energy, faculty, policy, politics
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