John Kerry: Palin Misses Point on Cap and Trade

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2009 8:54 PM CDT
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in May.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – John Kerry takes Sarah Palin to task for missing the big picture in her essay today against President Obama's cap-and-trade proposal. Palin, he writes in the Huffington Post, manages to criticize legislation to curb climate change without acknowledging the dangers of climate change itself. "It's like complaining about the cost of repairing a roof without factoring in the leaks destroying your home."

Global warming poses catastrophic long-term threats to our economy and national security if we don't act, writes the Massachusetts senator. Palin, however, chooses to ignore this and instead presents a distorted picture of "certain" job losses under the legislation. "Democrats and Republicans will be better off if Governor Palin joins the debate we need to have—one about climate change as well as energy security—rather than leaving so many important details on the editing room floor."