Saturday, May 1, 2010
PHOENIX—The Arizona chapter of the free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFPAZ) and the Arizona Energy Forum today applauded U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth for signing the groups’ “No Climate Tax Pledge.” Hayworth joins more than 475 lawmakers and candidates on the federal, state and local levels pledging to “oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”
“The one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn’t be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses,” said AFP-AZ State Director Tom Jenney. “We encourage all of Arizona’s elected officials and candidates for elected office to sign the pledge.”
Arizona signers include U.S. Representatives Trent Franks, John Shadegg, and Jeff Flake, as well as numerous federal candidates and state legislators.
“The Arizona Energy Forum is pleased J.D. Hayworth has signed the pledge,” said Chairman Troy Hyde. “His pledge is an excellent example for other candidates and lawmakers who oppose a climate tax.”
Cap-and-trade took its first step toward enactment last year when the U.S. House narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill, which escaped the lower chamber by a scant seven votes despite significant bipartisan opposition. The U.S. Senate has struggled to pass companion legislation, with several key Democratic senators expressing opposition to the energy tax bill.
President Obama has made no secret of his support for the bill, which would be the largest tax increase in American history. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office scored the House plan as an $846 billion increase in federal revenue, a burden that will be borne by taxpayers for decades to come.
“Using the guise of climate change to transfer dollars from hard-working citizens to bureaucratic big government is unacceptable,” said Jenney. “Regardless of their stance on global warming, this should be common ground for all of our elected officials at all levels of government.”
The pledge is available online at www.NoClimateTax.com. AFP does not endorse candidates. All elected officials and candidates are encouraged to sign the pledge and go on the record in opposition to using the climate change issue to increase taxes and grow the size of government.
Posted by Rachel Alexander at Saturday, May 01, 2010