Thursday, December 4, 2008

AFP: Nationwide Hot Air Balloon Tour Highlighting Dangers of Global Warming Alarmism to Stop in Phoenix, Dec. 6

Event aims to educate citizens on economic costs of global warming policies

PHOENIX – The free-market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) will bring its nationwide hot air balloon tour to Phoenix this Saturday, Dec. 6, for a grassroots event at the El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium. The Cost of Hot Air Tour will highlight economy-destroying stealth energy tax hikes contained in legislation being pushed by global warming alarmists, along with the dangerous regulatory power grab proposed by the unelected bureaucrats at the EPA, who want to regulate greenhouse gases as hazardous pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

The balloon launch is free and open to media and the public.

A crowd of citizens will hear from AFP policy director Phil Kerpen and Wall Street Journal columnist Steve Moore about the economic one-two punch that global warming legislation would deliver to Arizona and the nation. The event will have a strong visual component, most notably AFP’s huge 70-foot-tall hot air balloon, emblazoned with the message, Global Warming Alarmism: Lost Jobs, Higher Taxes, Less Freedom.

WHO: Americans for Prosperity

WHAT: Grassroots rally with a 70-foot-tall hot air balloon. Doughnuts and coffee will be served and tethered hot air balloon rides will be provided, weather permitting. There is no cost to attend the balloon launch and news conference, but citizens are encouraged to reply to or by phone to (602) 478-0146. To register for the AFP Foundation policy summit taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., visit

WHEN: 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 6. News conference at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N 40th St in Phoenix (just south of 202 on 40th)

The cross-country Cost of Hot Air Tour began in Washington, DC in April. The tour has already visited over two dozen key locations around the country.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is the nation’s premier grassroots organization committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. For more information, visit

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