This could only come from one of the most outspoken mouthpieces of the left: the cap-and-trade proposal that recently passed the U.S. House and now up for debate in the Senate will save people money because it will lower health costs.
When CNBC named Howard Dean as a contributor back in March, it was difficult to understand what the former
“I believe that for the $40 a year that the lowest income people pay in extra taxes or extra energy costs, they will more than recoup that having their kids spend less time in the emergency rooms because of asthma attacks,” Dean said. “This is a problem we have to deal with and I think the President has done the right thing.”
One of the most devastating criticisms of cap-and-trade is that, because China, India and other developing nations will never reign in their own, more voluminous emissions, it will economically handicap the U.S. without seriously addressing climate change. Dean did his best to turn this argument on its head, bizarrely saying cap-and-trade will make it easier for other nations to develop and reach the levels of the industrialized world.
“If you want the rest of the world to join in on the – what’s going to be the Copenhagen treaty, hopefully the sequel to what Kyoto has been, obviously everybody agrees you’ve got to get India, China and Brazil to be a piece of this,” Dean said. “It costs a lot less to take carbon out of the air in the