WTP hits Congressmen over vote for ‘Cap and Tax’ legislation

Cap-and-Traders - Hypocrites

Cap-and-Traders - Hypocrites

For Release: September 15, 2009

Western Tradition Partnership launches campaign to save American jobs from being “Cap and Taxed” away

Group alerts grassroots of Reps. Betsy Markey & Harry Teague’s support for job-killing national energy tax

DENVER – Western Tradition Partnership announced Tuesday it has launched a grassroots campaign in Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico congressional districts to inform voters of the harm the proposed “Cap and Trade” bill in Congress (H.R. 2454) will have on jobs and the economy. The bill could come up for a Senate vote in the next few weeks.

The group has labeled the bill, which imposes a new national tax on carbon and creates a speculator’s market in “carbon credit,” as “Cap and Tax” in targeted mailings.  The mailings will hit districts held by Betsy Markey (D, CO-4) and Harry Teague (D-NM-2), criticizing their votes to pass the bill on June 26th , while praising Denny Rehberg (R, MT) for his opposition.

One radical environmentalist group spent $1.2 million to get Markey elected in 2008.

“It’s no coincidence that Markey voted for the Cap and Tax scheme after she was bought and paid for by the radical environmentalist groups in her last election,” said Jacob Leis, WTP Executive Director, Colorado.  “This new multi-billion dollar national energy tax is nothing but a political payoff to wealthy East- and West-coast donors and those on Wall Street who will get rich trading so-called carbon credits. Al Gore, Betsy Markey and their ilk will take billions in new taxes from every man, woman, and child in America to shamelessly pay back those who bankrolled their elections.

“Research shows this Cap and Tax bill will destroy as many as 2.5 million jobs per year and creates the equivalent of a $4,609 tax hike on a family of four,” said Leis.  “Their plan is to inflict pain on families and employers and stop any efforts at economic renewal.  Even worse, the bill has no net effect on its supposed target of global temperatures.”  The research was conducted by the independent, non-partisan Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis.  The Heritage Foundation has no relationship with WTP.

Even President Obama admits this new national energy tax causes every person’s utility bill to “skyrocket.” (San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 2008 or on this video post.)  Obama’s early admission Cap and Tax hurts working Americans makes Markey’s support even more alarming.

State Senator Greg Brophy, a farmer in Markey’s district estimates “Cap and Tax” will cost farmers in Colorado’s 4th CD nearly $600 per irrigated acre.

“It’s all pain, no gain.” Leis said, adding, “and the environmentalists intended it to be that way. More and more scientists are coming out against this bill because it exploits environmental concerns to launch an economic assault on America’s economy, which radical environmentalist have long hated.”

“It’s up to citizens to speak out against this radical environmentalist plan to downsize American jobs.  Western Tradition Partnership will aggressively begin that process.”

For more information on this issue visit WTP’s blog at www.blog.westerntradition.org , or to schedule an interview, contact Public Relations Director Donny Ferguson at donny.f@westerntradition.org.

Western Tradition Partnership is a fast-growing grassroots organization dedicated to “Rediscovering the Treasures of the West” through rational, responsible natural resource development and land use policy.  WTP achieves it goals through hard-hitting issue advocacy and legislative lobbying, voter contact and public education campaigns.

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