If I were to ask most of my friends about cap and trade, my guess is that many of them would draw a blank or be only vaguely familiar with it. It’s too detailed and too technical, and at any rate it’s being passed by the Democratic Congress and it means to help our environment, so what’s not to like?
But if I were to try and explain the bill and its probable negative effects, I think they still would be heartily in favor of it. Here’s a summary of the reasons why:
(1) Complete and total belief in not only the possibility, but the certainty of human-caused global warming, as well as its enormous danger and imminence. Also a belief that we know the science that can fix it. All these things are in the nature of revealed truth in the liberal/Left mindset, and anyone who questions them is a fool or a maniac or perhaps both—case closed.
(2) The idea that doing something about it is always better than doing nothing.
(3) That our Democratic (large “D”) representatives in Congress have the brains, information, and the will to pass a bill to tackle it.
(4) The the economic arguments against that bill are not only probably incorrect, but even if correct would be an example of unacceptable selfishness. We are a piggish nation and deserve to suffer.
(5) It would be good if we all simplified our lives and did with less. And we need to be forced into this, because people can’t and won’t do it voluntarily.
It all follows quite logically. If one accepts the first premise, no cost is too great, no sacrifice too large, in order to avoid it. That is why it has been so very necessary for the Left to make human-caused global warming a given rather than a hypothesis that can be tested and found wanting—and is doubted by a growing list of reputable scientists.