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  •  Nate Silver has even quantified it. (2+ / 0-)
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    The Environmental Indifference Point

    The indifference point works out to $18.75 per month, or $225 per year; that's when as many Americans apparently oppose cap-and-trade as support it. Meanwhile, the CBO recently estimated that the Waxman-Markey bill under consideration by the House would raise the average household's electricity bill by $175/year or $14.58/month as of 2020. That would qualify it as popular, although only barely so, with about 52 percent supporting and 45 percent opposed.

    Nate's graph shows that the CBO's estimation of cost fits right with the polling data.  So, the current bill, even if it's not enough for the task scientifically, is very close to the line politically.  To get a better bill, one would have to educate the people.  That's where the challenge is.

    "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

    by Neon Vincent on Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 09:14:35 AM PDT

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