Begich: Depends On What Your Definition Of Price Is

Mark Begich is out there again thinking he can pull a fast one on Alaskans. In July 2010, Begich signed a letter that said he supported “making polluters pay through a price on greenhouse gas emissions.”

“We believe the scale of this challenge dictates the need for a comprehensive solution that includes making polluters pay through a price on greenhouse gas emissions.”

National Journal asked Begich what did he mean by price? His response was typical Washington, D.C.

“I think it was still undefined at that point from my perspective,” he said when asked what the “price” phrase meant. … “I think there are other ways to deal with carbon as a pollutant,” Begich said.

Given the push at that time for climate change legislation to address greenhouse gas emissions when he signed the letter, it’s hard to believe Begich was for anything else but a price on emissions. “Price” isn’t exactly an ambiguous term, especially when Begich is the one that wants Alaskans to pay for it.