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Opening Arguments

Hold the tangerines

If we're going to stop the scourge of global warming, sacrifices must be made:

The politics of global warming got very concrete, and oddly difficult, In a meeting with local environmentalists in the coastal town of McClellanville today, where Elizabeth Edwards raised in passing the importance of relying on locally-grown fruit.

"We've been moving back to 'buy local,'" Mrs. Edwards said, outlining a trade policy that "acknowledges the carbon footprint" of transporting fruit.

"I live in North Carolina. I'll probably never eat a tangerine again," she said, speaking of a time when the fruit is reaches the price that it "needs" to be.

As the author points out, this is an odd moment of clarity in the climate-change debate. If people are serious about "carbon emissions," anything that is transported long distances, including food, is going to cost more, a lot more.