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Did Sarah Palin Flip-Flop on Cap-and-Trade?

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Sarah Palin's op-ed in Tuesday's Washington Post takes cap-and-trade legislation to task as likely to do everything from drive up energy prices to threaten American energy independence. But some who remember back to her vice-presidential campaign characterize this stance as a flip-flop.

ThinkProgress points out that during her debate with Joe Biden, Palin expressed support for capping carbon emissions:
Gwen Ifill (moderator): But I just wanted to ask you, do you support capping carbon emissions?
Sarah Palin: I do. I do.
So why the difference? Some of it may simply be that Palin was running with John McCain, whose platform included reducing carbon emissions.

Senator McCain, by the way, still supports a cap-and-trade plan -- but not the White House's plan. He told MSNBC:

"I still believe that it is the time to address this critical international issue, but my vision for a cap-and-trade system is as a mechanism to lower greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, not as a revenue generator for the federal government."

The key difference in McCain's and Palin's positions may lie in that statement. Palin doesn't bring up the effect of emissions on the environment anywhere in her op-ed article, and -- with the whole point of cap-and-trade legislation being to address environmental concerns -- that's a tough omission to swallow.

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