Muckraker: Grist on PoliticsIf you want a sense of the kind of opposition the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act is up against from industry groups, you’ll find a crystalline example in a video just put out by the National Association of Manufacturers. It’s an attempt to stoke fear and anger about the legislation, primarily through the artful deployment of clauses that begin with the word “could.”

“In the end, this cap-and-trade bill could well cap our economy and trade our jobs overseas,” Jay Timmons, executive vice president of NAM, says in the video. He continues, drawing on the NAM study about the possible effects of the bill, which is far more alarmist than the relatively favorable EPA analysis of the bill: “We shouldn’t address climate change at the expense of American jobs.”

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