Magazine December 1, 2008, Issue

You Paid What for That?

A cloud of waste gas billows out of chimney stacks at a wood processing factory belonging to Switzerland’s Krono group in the eastern German village of Heiligengrabe near Berlin June 2, 2004. (Christian Charisius/Reuters)
We can win the cap-and-trade fight in 2009

The American people have elected a Democratic president and congressional majority. It is incumbent on conservatives to try to work productively with the new leadership until the next election. Part of the role of loyal opposition is to pick battles wisely. We need to focus major disagreements on political issues that are significant — issues on which either victory is possible, or laying down a marker for future elections is critical. One obvious example of such an issue is so-called cap-and-trade legislation.

The premise behind cap-and-trade is that carbon-dioxide emissions will produce increasingly severe global warming, and that we therefore should

Jim Manzi is CEO of Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), an applied artificial intelligence software company.

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