Monday, August 18, 2008

AFP: Three AZ Congressmen earn 100% on Freedom from Foreign Oil Scorecard

Congratulations to Reps. Jeff Flake, Trent Franks, and John Shadegg, for scoring 100 percent on Americans for Prosperity’s Freedom from Foreign Oil Scorecard. The scorecard ranks U.S. Representatives based on their support for – or opposition to – policies that would lower gas and energy prices by increasing American supplies and making domestic production less expensive. The scorecard uses a composite score of eight roll call votes and co-sponsorship of three initiatives.

The Freedom from Foreign Oil Scorecard is available at the AFP homepage:

Unfortunately, Reps. Gabrielle Giffords, Raúl Grijalva, and Ed Pastor scored zeroes on the scorecard. Those Representatives were among 156 House lawmakers to score zero for their failure to support any measures that would lessen the financial burden on American motorists.

Rep. Harry Mitchell scored 13 percent, and Rep. Rick Renzi scored an 88 percent.

In total, 172 U.S. Representatives--including Arizona Reps. Jeff Flake, Trent Franks, Rick Renzi, and John Shadegg were designated “Friends of the American Motorist” for achieving scores of 70 percent or higher. Reps. Giffords, Grijalva, and Pastor received zeroes on the scorecard because of their opposition to expanded oil exploration and development in the Arctic and the Outer Continental Shelf, and their support for a cap-and-trade regulatory regime that would result in a massive energy tax hike. The three politicians also voted to hike taxes on U.S. energy producers, which would discourage domestic production and raise energy costs on American consumers.

The “Freedom from Foreign Oil” scorecard is part of AFP’s ongoing nationwide effort to expose the unaffordable costs of global warming alarmism, especially with regard to domestic energy policies. The campaign includes a “No Climate Tax Hike Pledge,” and a nationwide hot air balloon tour to rally grassroots opposition to unaffordable energy tax hikes being advanced in the name of “global warming.”

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity
(Arizona Federation of Taxpayers)
(602) 478-0146

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