Diction Watch: ‘Energy Independence Legislation’

By MichaelJames

Dec 4, 2009 7:09pm

Once called “cap and trade” legislation – a phrase that means nothing to tens of millions of Americans – the energy and environmental legislation making its way through Congress is now called “energy independence legislation” by White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

He used the term in The New York Times Thursday, which was noticed by The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent, and I’m told that’s now the nomenclature.

Previously, the White House used the term “Comprehensive Energy Legislation.”


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