James Pethokoukis

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2012 Watch: Romney goes after cap-and-trade

October 8, 2009

Mitt Romney attacks cap-and-trade via video over at his PAC website, Free and Strong America. He basically portrays it as an energy tax on Americans (which it is) that will hurt American competitiveness vs. India and China (which is it will.)

But, more interestingly, he makes is clear that does believe in climate change (which the conservative talk radio crowd generally does not).  And you can be sure his campaign for president will have a more expansive energy policy than just “drill, baby, drill.” During his last run, Romney told me he was certainly willing spend many billions on government investment in alternative energy and other new energy technologies. That’s right, government spending — though I am sure venture capital would play a huge role as well.

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learn more about myths and facts about climate legislation here: http://www.wri.org/stories/2009/08/clima te-change-legislation-myths-and-reality

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