John Dingell’s Plans

The incoming chairman of the House House Energy and Commerce Committee, John Dingell, is interviewed by Amanda Griscom Little for the environmentalist magazine Grist. Worth reading if you care about climate policy. (For what it is worth, I didn’t disagree with a word he said.)

Pretty quotable, too. For instance, this exchange:

Grist: Do you think there’s a way of developing a Detroit-friendly climate policy? For instance, some environmentalists have been outlining a proposal for a cap-and-trade program that offers special allowances to automakers that would help fund the industry’s technological advances.Rep. Dingell: I’m willing to consider it. I don’t know. You know, before you start making a bunch of wise-ass comments, you better know what you’re talking about. And right now I don’t. There’s all types of people running around with solutions, but when you put these solutions to the test, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. I would be willing to bet you that half don’t.

I wouldn’t take that bet.Note: I originally posted this with a link to the wrong article in Grist. The link has now been corrected. Apologies for any inconvenience, and thanks to Holly at Grist for letting me know about the error.

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