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Republicans at it again

Posted: May 19, 2009 9:50 p.m.
Updated: May 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Regarding Paul Strickland's opinion column "Democrats are at it again" (The Signal, May 8): Are all republicans fools, liars or misinformed?

John Reilly, MIT professor, has repeatedly refuted this misinformation Strickland spews.

Strickland says, "Ah, and what's the cost of cap-and-trade? The Heritage Foundation reports that Reilly's study shows that a carbon cap-and-trade system would cost the average American household $3,900 per year."

Reilly himself was quoted: "The Republican approach to estimating the cost of cap-and-trade is just wrong."

He said even "apart from the misrepresentation of the costs" by the GOP, "it is inappropriate to draw conclusions on the costs of Waxman-Markey" from a study published two years ago that doesn't model key cost-containment provisions, such as the use of offsets. Reilly said that his study found the cost to a typical family in 2015 of $80 (in terms of reduced economic welfare).

No matter how many times Reilly tries to explain to conservatives and the right-wing media that they are misusing his work, they just won't stop.

A few weeks ago, he told the GOP to stop "misrepresenting" his work and inflating the cost to families of cap-and-trade by a factor of 10.

Political debate is part of the foundation of democracy, but when you get this constant flow of misinformation, no wonder the Republicans are in disarray and marginalized.


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