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Support for cap-and-trade is evaporating.2009-08-20 11:14:20rmoen

I'm a Democrat who thinks the House overplayed its hand when it passed cap-and-trade. Daily I read editorials, comments and letters-to-the-editor from all over the nation. Whereas when the House passed the bill it was maybe 2-to-1 against cap and trade, opinion now seems to be at least 6-to-1 against. The Senate will be wise to bury this unpopular, complex and risky legislation. If instead of a cap-and-trade system the United States had a national mandate to replace coal generation plants with natural gas and nuclear energy, plus if we replaced our commuter cars with battery-powered electric cars, we would drastically reduce our dependence on foreign oil and reduce CO2 emissions faster and beyond the proposed cap and trade targets. -- Robert Moen,