Cap-and-Collapse: Like East Germany After Reunification

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on his cap-and-blanks bill:

Let me emphasize something very strongly as we begin this discussion. The United States has already this year alone achieved a 6 percent reduction in emissions simply because of the downturn in the economy, so we are effectively saying we need to go another 14 percent.

From MacLeans, Nov. 24, 1997:

[The] European Union’s promise to cut emissions by 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2010 has been facilitated not only by the collapse of Britain’s coal industry but also by German reunification, which has resulted in reduced emissions in part because of the closure of factories in the former East Germany.

(Hat tip: Taranto, Best of the Web.)

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