Cap-and-Trade Proves Popular in Some Conservative Democrats’ Districts

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Friday, September 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm

It appears that cap-and-trade legislation is turning out to be popular in the states of some conservative Democrats, according to a new poll that Democratic firm Garin Hart Yang conducted on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund.

In Blue Dog Dem Heath Shuler’s North Carolina district, cap and trade is supported by 55% of voters, versus 29% opposed.

In Blue Dog Dem Baron Hill’s Indiana district, cap and trade is supported by 45%, versus 30% opposed.

In Dem Rep. Tom Perriello’s conservative Virginia district, cap and trade is supported by 42%, versus 25% opposed.

All three voted for the House climate bill, which makes the results not quite as surprising. More interesting would be the results in the districts of the 44 Dems who voted against it.

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Comment posted September 21, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

Not too surprising that “a new poll that Democratic firm Garin Hart Yang conducted on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund” finds support for cap and trade legislation. Congress needs to hear that a majority of Americans do not support legislation that will kill jobs and increase the cost of energy. Voice your opposition to cap and trade at http://tiny.cc/pxIgi.


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plj55
Comment posted September 22, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

Most people recognize that climate change is a problem, and this poll shows that people are willing to harness the power of the market to reduce emissions where it's the least expensive and spurs the most innovation. A carbon cap would actually create jobs; the UN estimated in 2006 that the green energy industry will be a $1.9 trillion market by 2020, and I read an Associated Press article earlier this month that said China will become a $1 trillion market on its own! I think the US could do well to get a head start in this area.

If people knew what the benefits and costs (a dime a day per person: CBO, EIA, EPA) of a carbon cap were, as opposed to just listening to Glenn Beck's scare tactics, all of these numbers would be above 70%, no matter what district you surveyed. But despite the fact that not everyone is going to be studying climate science and economics for hours, the majority of people believe that their representatives votes were good ones. That's very encouraging to me, and it should be to Democratic Senators in swing states as well (not to mention a few Republicans).


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