Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I Was Actually For A Carbon Cap, Before I Was Against It...

Let's play a game of guess who's responsible for each of the following quotes.

Nov. 2005:

In opening remarks to a clean-energy conference in [redacted], [Clean Energy-Loving Politician] said the first-of-its-kind agreement, under which [redacted] and eight other states could be required to cut power plant emissions by 2020, will not hurt the economy, as some have charged. He argued that it would spur businesses to develop clean- and renewable-energy technology to market worldwide.

''This is a great thing for [redacted]," [Clean Energy-Loving Politician] said, his strongest endorsement of the pact to date. ''We can effectively create incentives to help stimulate a sector of the economy and at the same time not kill jobs."

Oct. 2009:

"A cap and trade program... will have a devastating impact on hard-working American families and on our economy as a whole. This cap and trade bill represents an enormous, hidden tax on the American people and American businesses, and it must be defeated."

If you guessed former Massachusetts Gov. and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, high five!

Back when he was Governor of Massachusetts, Romney supported a cap-and-trade system in which his state and others would place a mandatory limit on carbon emissions. Said the Boston Globe at the time:

Governor Mitt Romney signaled his support yesterday for a regional agreement among Northeastern states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite opposition from power companies and other business interests that have been lobbying the administration against the plan.

In opening remarks to a clean-energy conference in Boston, Romney said the first-of-its-kind agreement, under which Massachusetts and eight other states could be required to cut power plant emissions by 2020, will not hurt the economy, as some have charged. He argued that it would spur businesses to develop clean- and renewable-energy technology to market worldwide.
That's a pretty strong stand in favor of cap-and-trade, coming from the same Mitt Romney who just this week sent an email to supporters of his political action committee seeking to raise money off his opposition to the cap-and-trade proposal currently making its way through Congress.

Apparently when you're Mitt Romney, your hair may be solid, but your positions on key issues shift with the wind.

1 comment:

aork said...

Explain yourself, Romney. Exactly what kind of agreement would you be in favor of that would not introduce new taxes and still be deficit neutral? I'd love to see it!