Yes, Mike Huckabee Backed Cap and Trade in 2007

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Dec. 15 2010 4:59 PM

Yes, Mike Huckabee Backed Cap and Trade in 2007

In a recent internet post, a contributor makes the claim that I supported cap-and-trade in late 2007 while running for President. To put it simply, that's just not true. If companies chose to participate voluntarily as part of their corporate policy, then fine. But I was clear that we could not force U.S. businesses to do what their Chinese counterparts refused to - and doing so would have been a serious job killer.

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This isn't what he said in 2007. At an October 13 appearance at the Global Warming and Energy Solutions Conference in Manchester, NH, Huckabee was clear: He wanted the House to pass measures passed by the Senate that would raise standards for emissions.

I also support cap and trade of carbon emissions. And I was disappointed that the Senate rejected a carbon counting system to measure the sources of emissions, because that would have been the first and the most important step toward implementing true cap and trade.

Here's the video.

Supporting legislation for increased standards, as Huckabee does here, is doing more than hoping  "companies chose to participate voluntarily" in reducing emissions.

Hat tip: Erin McPike of RCP.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.