The Corner

Gingrich on Cap-and-Trade

At the forum hosted tonight by Fox News host Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich said this about cap-and-trade:

But if you notice, I never favored cap-and-trade. I –  in fact, I actively testified against it.  I was at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee the same day Al Gore was there to testify for it.  I testified against it.  And through American Solutions we actively fought it in the Senate, and I think we played a major role in defeating it. 

Both the Perry and Paul campaigns e-mailed media this quote from Gingrich in 2007 on PBS after he made the claim that he had “never favored cap-and-trade”: “I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there’s a package there that’s very, very good. And frankly, it’s something I would strongly support.”

Gingrich also talked about  his past support for the individual mandate:

The original individual mandate originally was developed by Heritage Foundation and others as a method to block HillaryCare in 1993, and virtually all of us who were conservatives came to the conclusion that, in fact, it was more dangerous and more difficult to implement and guaranteed that politics and politicians would define health care. And that’s why virtually every conservative has, in fact, left that kind of a model.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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