I don’t want to get into an argument about climate science here, so let’s just assume arguendo that the skeptics are wrong, wrong, wrong. It does not therefore follow that the public would have enthusiastically embraced cap and trade if not for those darned skeptics. People do not like to make painful personal sacrifices for the sake of people who aren’t born yet and mostly live in very far away places (that being who will bear most of the brunt of global warming).
Personally, I’m pretty skeptical that enough Democrats would have embraced cap and trade, even if the president had put it before health care. Democrats were willing to do a suicide charge on health care because they (incorrectly, so far) assumed that it would be much more popular after it was passed. Only a lunatic could have thought that Cap and Trade would be more popular once it started taking chunks out of peoples’ paychecks. Especially in the middle of a brutal economic crisis.
Source. HT: Vexnews twitter feed.