Even during a time of national concern over the economy, a recent study published in Nature Climate Change concluded that the average American would be willing to spend up to 13% more on electricity bills to support clean energy. In the past several decades, Americans have shown a willingness to help the environment if they know new laws will actually help. And today, they especially like the idea of ditching our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
Despite popular support for a change in direction, the Obama Administration failed to deliver on its promise of reforming our energy (and by extension, climate) policy. The reason is because the Democrats insisted on cap-and-trade (just like they are currently doing in California), when they should have been pushing for a carbon tax.
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