Tax Hike Mike is lying about his support of cap-and-trade

Over at Slate, Dave Weigel catches Tax Hike Mike Huckabee telling an outright lie about his past support of cap-and-trade:

This statement from Mike Huckabee is confusing.

In a recent internet post, a contributor makes the claim that I supported cap-and-trade in late 2007 while running for President. To put it simply, that’s just not true. If companies chose to participate voluntarily as part of their corporate policy, then fine. But I was clear that we could not force U.S. businesses to do what their Chinese counterparts refused to - and doing so would have been a serious job killer.

This isn’t what he said in 2007. At an October 13 appearance at the Clean Air Cool Planet conference in Manchester, NH, Huckabee was clear: He wanted the House to pass measures passed by the Senate that would raise standards for emissions.

I also support cap and trade of carbon emissions. And I was disappointed that the Senate rejected a carbon counting system to measure the sources of emissions, because that would have been the first and the most important step toward implementing true cap and trade.

I posted on this a year ago, including the video:

Mike Huckabee is, as Jonah Goldberg has called him, a right-wing progressive. There is no such thing as limits on government with someone like Huckabee. No, his primary motivation is the “good” that government can do, such as banning smoking in public places and implementing cap-and-trade.

 


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