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The Carbon Price on Begich’s Head

The Carbon Price on Begich's Head

Sen. Mark Begich, who faces reelection this year, says the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity is flat wrong when they claim he has supported a carbon tax.

 

But their new attack ad—which repeats allegations the Alaska Democrat battled last year—raises another question: Does Begich still want to price carbon, and if so, how?

AFP is circulating a letter that freshmen senators, including Begich, sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in mid-2010, right before major emissions-capping legislation collapsed. The signers said they supported a "price on greenhouse gas emissions."

But Begich said Tuesday that his signature didn't signal support for cap-and-trade or a tax. "I think it was still undefined at that point from my perspective," he said when asked what the "price" phrase meant.

 

Begich says he participated in talks with Democrats on climate legislation in 2010 to protect his state. "My objective was, I need to be part of that discussion, because as one of the few oil and gas people at the table, without that representation there I think they would have gone who-knows-where," said Begich.

So what does he think the "price" on carbon should mean? "I think there are other ways to deal with carbon as a pollutant," Begich said.

More, please.

Ben Geman
@ben_geman
bgeman@nationaljournal.com

 


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