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Obama Administration Trying To Rename Cap And Trade
the business insider ^ | 5/12/09

Posted on 05/12/2009 9:46:44 AM PDT by FromLori

How does the "The Clean Energy Divide" sound to you?

The Obama administration is exploring alternative names for cap and trade legislation.

People don't really know what cap and trade means, but they don't like it. So a new name is being concocted to gather support for the legislation.

It doesn't look like the names "carbon tax" or "regressive tax" are in the mix, though. How does "clean energy divide" grab you?

WSJ: Seeking to bolster public support for climate legislation, the Obama administration is consulting pollsters who advocate avoiding phrases such as "cap-and-trade" and "global warming." On Monday, the White House Council on Environmental Quality was scheduled to meet with Robert Perkowitz, president of ecoAmerica, a Washington-based nonprofit that uses "psychographic research" to "shift personal and civic choices of environmentally agnostic Americans," according to its Web site.

"We're trying to give them phrases that work," Mr. Perkowitz said in an interview. He said that in a survey of some 2,000 Americans conducted by his group in March and April, less than half of the respondents said they would support a "cap-and-trade" policy, and that only 24% said they knew what the phrase means. "If you call it 'clean energy dividend'...almost anything other than 'cap and trade,' you'll get people responding a lot more favorably," he said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: 2009polls; agenda; bho44; bhoenergy; capandtrade; envirowhackos; greens; hoax; language
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To: FromLori

Exhalation Tax?
Respiration Revenue?


51 posted on 05/12/2009 10:40:44 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: FromLori

Changing the name is just lipstick on a pig and people won’t like the new name either!


52 posted on 05/12/2009 10:42:22 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: FromLori

Let’s call it: “The poor orphaned children’s empowerment act”. :)


53 posted on 05/12/2009 10:44:20 AM PDT by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: FromLori

As soon as he renames it, slap a ‘tax’ on the phrase. Example: “The Clean Energy Divide” becomes “The Clean Energy Tax”, or the “Tax Energy Divide”. “Divide you from your Energy Dollars Tax” . . .


54 posted on 05/12/2009 10:59:36 AM PDT by sportutegrl (If liberals could do math, they would be conservatives.)
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To: FromLori

I believe this is what those in the hyponsis/NLP community call “reframing”. Taking someones objections and repackaging the idea in a way they can’t resist.


55 posted on 05/12/2009 11:06:05 AM PDT by lwd (Miss California is MY Miss USA!!!)
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To: FromLori

I think you’ll be safe for the driveway but, those CO2 emissions your generating...


56 posted on 05/12/2009 11:09:22 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: FromLori
How about "Swine Flu"--it's not being used?
or, "Cap'n Tax?"
or, "Man-made Tax and Spend Catastrophe?"
or, "Eat pie-a-la-mode with caramel sauce and then pay a third-worlder $10,000 to drink a diet coke as an offset?"
57 posted on 05/12/2009 11:12:35 AM PDT by Keli Kilohana (Editor, ZARR CHASM CHRONICAL [sic], Sore, WV)
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To: FromLori

May as well just call it “crash and burn” because that’s what the country is going to do when they enact this thing.


58 posted on 05/12/2009 12:42:10 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: FromLori

I don’t know how masterful it will be if Republicans tag him as trying to hoodwink and bamboozle the American public with an energy tax behind pretty words.


59 posted on 05/12/2009 4:09:03 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: FromLori

“The Miniplenty Undividend” would be doubleplusappropriate, in my goodthinkful opinion .


60 posted on 05/12/2009 5:54:54 PM PDT by Sandy
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