Montana’s governor was for the national energy tax before he was against it.
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This was only three months after WCI produced its design recommendations for a cap-and-trade agreement among its members, including Montana. The plan provided for emissions allowances, carbon offsets, and auctioning permits — all vital elements for such a system. According to WCI’s website, the member governors announced they “have designed a pioneering stand-alone regional cap-and-trade program that will immediately begin to address climate change in the absence of broader national or international standards.”
In February this year Schweitzer and his WCI partners released their work plan for the next two years. “Over the past few months as we have seen the world economy falter, questions have been raised as to whether this is the right time to be moving forward with a cap-and-trade program,” they said. “We believe that it is important to move forward with the cap-and-trade program, while acknowledging the need for flexibility in the short term due to the current economic situation.”
And then last month the Montanan who promotes himself as moderate — now chairman of WGA — vigorously defended WGA’s oversight of WCI. The National Taxpayers Union had challenged Schweitzer and his gubernatorial colleagues to provide an accounting of its work and demonstrate that all WGA’s members approved participation in WCI, as its rules require.
Considering that Schweitzer has poured so much passion into Montana’s participation and development of a cap-and-trade program, why shouldn’t Maher (and the rest of us) be confused?
Meanwhile the Democrats still adhere to global warming as a signature issue, with cap-and-trade as their definitive means to solve the “problem.” With 18 incumbent governors facing potential re-election in 2010 (not to mention two this year), it might not be the best time for the flip-flopping Schweitzer to be out front of the their Governors Association as promoter and fundraiser.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online