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05/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Note to Obama: Promote Carbon Cap and Trade Efforts at the Summit of the Americas

This week, U.S. President Barack Obama will head to Trinidad and Tobago for the 5th Summit of the Americas. He will meet with leaders from Western Hemisphere Nations and discuss a number of pressing issues such as the worldwide economic crisis, U.S. relations with Cuba, trade, energy, conservation, illegal immigration, poverty, and drugs. To make a brief but relevant aside, some critics, such as the well-known journalist Thomas Friedman say that carbon cap and trade is too complicated to work. Friedman believes that the current effort to cap carbon will be killed politically by Obama's rival party as "a tax". 3

In March, the White House floated the idea of passing cap and trade and health care bills as part of the budget in order to avoid reaching the 60 votes needed to avoid filibuster. Moderate Senate Democrats led by Evan Bayh (D-IN), whose state is over 92 percent dependent on coal electricity, joined Republicans in opposing passing cap and trade as a budget resolution. 1

The Obama administration and House Democrats just lofted energy and climate legislation to create a "cap and trade" system for carbon dioxide. 2

  1. Obama's Climate Suicide Threat (Breakthrough Institute)
  2. Views: Cap and Trade Is Still the Right Call (Sightline)
  3. Note to Obama: Promote Carbon Cap and Trade Efforts at the Summit of the Americas (GreenOptions)

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