Confusion or Clarification?

By Beacon Staff

Paul Chesser, who has written previously about what he sees as Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s apparently shifting stance on cap-and-trade legislation, is not satisfied with the answers provided by the governor for my story this week on resistance to the Waxman-Markey bill on the left. On the Web site Globalwarming.org, which takes a critical view of climate change without discounting it as a problem, Chesser writes, based on Schweitzer’s quotes in my story:

So what does that mean for his state’s continued participation in the Western Climate Initiative’s cap-and-tax scheme, as the governor sees it? Your guess is as good as anyone’s, but he will probably be allowed to evade a straight answer as long as Montanans (and their media) let him.

Ouch! But he’s got a point. I didn’t press Schweitzer on the Western Climate Initiative, mainly because I was focused on getting his stance on cap-and-trade in general, and Waxman-Markey. I also knew I was going to be pressed for space in my story. That said, Chesser’s criticism is fair.

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