In the Arena

Would You Make This Deal?

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Senator Lindsey Graham thinks he can get Republican votes for a deal that would tax (or “put a price on”) carbon emissions if offshore drilling and nuclear power is added to the cocktail. I’m no fan of offshore drilling, but if carbon emissions are being taxed into submission, I”d rather see the carbon come from the Gulf of Mexico than from the Persian Gulf, with its attendant national security burdens. And the French have proved that nuclear power is a safe and clean alternative to coal-fired plants.

In short, this is the sort of creative thinking that should be welcomed–of course, I have no illusions that the Republicans, intent on blocking any Obama initiative, will support it.