Sen. John Kerry (D-France) has awaken from his half decade long slumber to insert his meager intellect into the Cap and Trade debacle. Introducing a Senate companion bill to the House Cap and Trade bill, Kerry said this:
“I don’t know what ‘cap and trade’ means. I don’t think the average American does,” Kerry told reporters. “This is not a cap-and-trade bill, it’s a pollution reduction bill.”
Kerry’s word choice echoes President Obama’s references to “greenhouse gas pollution” and “carbon pollution” in his Tuesday address to the United Nations. Top Obama administration science officials, including Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, have also adopted similar vocabulary in recent months.
As the pair prepare for the next stage of climate maneuvering, Kerry made attempts to reframe the verbiage surrounding the bill and sell its concepts more broadly, insisting it is not a “cap and trade” proposal but a “pollution reduction” bill.
It was quickly pointed out however that the bill contains the very same cap and trade mechanisms as has already been proposed.
Despite the change in rhetoric, it does not appear Kerry and Boxer have stepped away from the basic structure for cap and trade. He said the bill would still have emissions allowances and a marketplace.
He’s still a douchenozzle…