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Pricing carbon is a Republican idea. Democrats and environmentalists need to abandon their support, to give the GOP space to reclaim it.


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The most effective policy innovations have occurred when progressive goals have been implemented through conservative means - this is essentially happened with the initial development of cap and trade.  

Republicans agreed that pollution is bad but were opposed to heavy-handed regulation. The end result was that both sides could claim a victory on goals and Republicans could claim victory on developing the sensible approach.

Unfortunately, Democrats moved to the center on their preferred approach, meaning that pollution pricing is now a straight-up win for them and a straight-up loss for Republicans, especially as the party is currently constituted.

Democrats and environmentalists need to go back to being more Stalinist on this to allow space for Republicans to move to the center.  The roadblocks are in the halls of Congress not with the American people.  There is widespread support for action on this already - we need to create the political opening for it to happen through Brer Rabbit's strategy .  


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Mitigation - Helping U.S. enact carbon price legislation


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