Cap’n Trade? Was he a pirate?

May 11, 2009

Why am I worrying about the actual effects of “cap and trade” legislation on climate? This is scarier:

Given a choice of three options, just 24% of voters can correctly identify the cap-and-trade proposal as something that deals with environmental issues. A slightly higher number (29%) believe the proposal has something to do with regulating Wall Street while 17% think the term applies to health care reform. A plurality (30%) have no idea.

Great. Three fourths of the general public have no idea what President Obama is proposing let alone the cost or the impact on global warming.

Even worse:

Democrats are pushing the legislation on Capitol Hill, but Democrats around the country are a bit less likely than Republicans and voters not affiliated with either party to know that the concept has something to do with the environment.

Now that’s downright depressing. But never fear, the Obama administration is on top of the problem:

In the debate over his top environmental goals, President Obama is backing away from “cap and trade.”

Not the policy. It’s the phrase itself, deemed confusing by Democratic pollsters, that has all but disappeared from the president’s vocabulary of late.

Thanks for dumbing it down BO.

To be fair, I can see how people get confused. When I first heard about “cap” and “trade” this popped into my head (NSFW).

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2 Responses to “Cap’n Trade? Was he a pirate?”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    Okay, now that link’s funny.

  2. John in IL Says:

    The LA Times always makes me laugh.


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