In a speech promoting President Obama's climate change agenda, Ms. McCarthy ignored the fact that New England states — which nearly a decade ago formed the nation's first regional "cap and trade" system — are dealing with electricity rates more than 35 percent higher than the national average.
"For years, states in the Northeast have teamed up in a market-based program to curb greenhouse gases. At the same time, they've enjoyed some of the nation's strongest economic growth. My home state of Massachusetts cut emissions by 40 percent, while its economy grew 7 percent. Cities and states acting on climate are not slowing down; they're speeding up," she said.