With Republicans in control of the House, Obama all but declared cap-and-trade dead. But there's a different approach that can get the job done more effectively and remain consistent with Republican values.
For some, it was with a sense of relief that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar passed Cape Wind. For others, it was the latest in a drama that has lasted nearly a decade. Either way, this is a story that blows.
Why are the Republicans going after clean energy so strongly, since polls consistently show tremendous public support for exactly that? Perhaps it's because, as the saying goes, "he who pays the piper calls the tune."
Rather than banning the construction of new coal-fired power plants, America should tax domestic carbon emissions. Then we could enact carbon tariff on imports, and thereby level the playing field for our manufacturers.