Skip to comments.Obama Administration Trying To Rename Cap And Trade
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.
Changing the name is just lipstick on a pig and people won’t like the new name either!
Let’s call it: “The poor orphaned children’s empowerment act”. :)
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” . . .
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.
I think you’ll be safe for the driveway but, those CO2 emissions your generating...
May as well just call it “crash and burn” because that’s what the country is going to do when they enact this thing.
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.
“The Miniplenty Undividend” would be doubleplusappropriate, in my goodthinkful opinion .
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