The Dumbest Thing Gingrich Has Done
In an interview this week with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Gingrich said the ad "is probably the dumbest thing I've done in recent years."
"I was trying to communicate that conservatives care about the environment," he said. "All I did was make conservatives mad, and liberals didn't particularly like me. It was a mistake, and I wouldn't go back and do it again."
In the same interview Gingrich said he was "deeply opposed" to cap-and-trade, a regulatory system that puts a mandatory cap on greenhouse gas emissions and then allows emitters like utility and manufacturing companies to trade pollution permits.
In a 2007 on PBS's "Frontline," Gingrich said the cap-and-trade program was something he "would strongly support."
"I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there's a package there that's very, very good," he said according to the show's transcript.
Two years later, Gingrich told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that a cap-and-trade bill was a "huge mistake" that amounted to a "massive energy tax."
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