WASHINGTON (CNN) – An interest group supported by energy companies is attacking Sen. Lindsey Graham in his own backyard over his willingness to support cap-and-trade legislation.
The Republican has been collaborating with moderate senators to put together bipartisan energy legislation that would link a cap-and-trade program to expanded nuclear energy production and offshore oil and gas drilling. But many in Graham's party view a cap-and-trade program as a tax on energy companies that would be passed along to consumers.
Now the American Energy Alliance, a group funded in part by oil and gas companies that back offshore drilling, is launching a week of radio ads in South Carolina accusing Graham of supporting policies that will weaken the state's already suffering economy.
"So why would Senator Lindsey Graham support new energy taxes called cap-and-trade that will further harm our economy and kill millions of American jobs?" a narrator asks in the radio spot, which went up Thursday. "If that wasn't bad enough, Senator Graham's new energy taxes will have all of us paying more at the pump for a gallon of gas while seeing a 53 percent jump in electricity bills. Who can afford that in this economy?"
The quarter million dollar campaign against Graham will also include television and online ads in the coming weeks.
While he has made efforts to get fellow Republicans on board by advocating for provisions to increase nuclear power and offshore drilling, Graham has not signed onto the leading climate change bill in the Senate, sponsored by Sens. John Kerry and Barbara Boxer.
His office released a statement Thursday that focused on the Senator's support for nuclear energy and offshore drilling but made no mention of cap-and-trade.
"Energy independence will be a 21st Century job creator in South Carolina," Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop said. "Few states would benefit more from energy independence than South Carolina."
Cap and Tax is a terrible bill that Democrats are shoving down our throats. Raise energy costs, kill jobs..........what a great idea?
Considering the Republican government of SC can't create any jobs, have invested nothing in education and created a welfare state, I'm sure cap and trade is last on anyones mind. How do you curb emissions from the unemployment office?
And what about the Democrats role in Cap and Tax? Democrats are job killers and fee raisers. Amazes me that people can't seem to figure that out. Tax and spend, kill jobs and raise taxes = Liberal Democrat.
Graham is becoming an idiot. Knee-cap and trade is a Ponzi scheme to try and bring industry and the market to a grinding halt.
Would you rather stand in a smog-free bread line or continue living the way you do today?
Maybe global warming is responsible for the snowstorm last week at the Patriots game.
Is anyone starting to realize that it doesn't matter if there's an R or a D behind the name? They are ALL leading us down the garden path.
Most are following blindly too, that's the sad part.
Lindsey Graham for President 2012!
Hum! I wonder why energy companies don't want a cap and trade program? I just can't figure it out. Maybe Fox News can tell me because I am incapable of putting two and two together.
If you are upset about the influence corporations have in this countrry, thank an ignorant Republican.
You go Graham !!! I'm glad that we still have republicans with brains and are sensible to the conditions of our beloved planet Earth.
Cap and trade is only going to hurt our tailspinning economy....anyone that supported this bill should be voted out of office....period.
Alternative energy sources (wind, solar, etc) ARE the future of energy consumption in this country and around the world. Fossil fuels are becoming a thing of the past, and for good reason. So get out of the dark ages, people, and embrace the new jobs and immense savings that will *eventually* result from these new sources of environment-friendly energy.
Seriously think about that threat from the energy corporations. If you tax us, we will make you pay. Forget the record profits. And, who is on board with these corporations and their threats- The Right! We need real healthcare reform and then clean energy sources and these oil tycoons can retreat to their private islands with the health insurance CEO's.
I love it when the neo-morons school up and eat their own. What a band of shiftless, useless idiots that have not clue-one about how to improve our country. If every [R] could be isolated on a never-visited island, average IQs would skyrocket, and a severely debilitating genetic contamination would be removed from the human genepool.
Senator Graham needs to change his ideas on cap and tax–it is far too cold to believe this global warming hoax.
Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. Every once and a while you sound inteligent Senator. But you are still a Southern Right Wing
nutjob. Your state ranks " worst " in almost all catagories of a state.
Try helping SC instead of your party.
I've got a great idea for Senator Graham, he ought to move across the aisle and become a Democrat. He appears to be way too smart to be a member of the Republican Party.
Senator Graham, "JUST COME ON OVER TO OUR SIDE," aren't you tired of the LOONEY REPUBLICANS – they don't know where they've been and don't know where they are going. OK? COME ON OVER!
Obama – afraid
Chency – a fraud
These people don't understand that if we don't start something now, the planet for our children won't be worth living on because of the crazy weather among other problems. Some people are saying that we should go with a Carbon Tax rather than a market based cap-and-trade. The industry should decide which would it rather have. I think that it would rather have cap-and-trade so that it gives them time to switch over and pollute less. A carbon tax would tax you no matter how much you don't pollute. These industry ads show that these people have no imagination and foresight... New technology should be research; they could be financing it and getting money from it. That is if they were smart. They don't seem to be at this point.
Sen. Graham, thank you for standing up for what's right for all Americans, even all citizens of the world, by trying to do something about carbon emissions and global warming. Risky stuff for a Republican, a party which is a captive and a lapdog of the energy industry. If you're no longer welcome in the Republican party, we'd love to have you in the Democratic party.
Well, you know, I was looking at property to buy in South Carolina. Due to the Republicans in that state and their "Good Ole Boys" mentality, I'm looking else where. I would not move to that state with those idiots in office. I'm shocked that I haven't heard more from the residents who should be protesting their republicans in that state, I guess its like the "Good Ole Days" of the past. Oh, and by the way, "I'm Sorry South Carolina, you won't be getting my hard earned money to waste in Argentina"!
Someone please tell me when this STAIN, that is former Vice President Dick Cheney is going to go away?
This is simply disgraceful. Special interests throwing their weight around with a lot of $ and no regard for the truth, openly trying to buy targeted politicians' support by threatening them. All I can say is our political world and discourse would be a far better place if we had never seen the likes of Gingrich, Rove and Cheney, the architects of this low road to manipulating the public. Their tactics are hateful and without principle.
"while seeing a 53 percent jump in electricy bills."
That's funny, because scientists and scholars at MIT came to the conslusion that it would be approximately $340 or so per family household on average PER YEAR...and that's total for all energy sources...gas, oil, electricity, etc. Boehner even received a letter from them reprimanding him for misrepresenting their study's findings and you can find it quite easily on the intertubez.
as for "Obama=Trickle Up poverty"
Sorry if you consider not making $50M per year while your employees get no raise on average for a decade "poverty," but the rest of us know how to recognize indentured servitude when its shoved up our butts. You REALLY want to talk about "redistribution of wealth"? Try the 1% of top wage earners in this country increasing their share of the total national income from 10% in 1989 to 22% in 2004, all while average middle class salaries remained the same. THERE is your "redistribution of wealth," Captain TalkingPoint.
Lindsay is sometimes almost sensible...he should just make the move and at least represent as an Independent if not a centrist democrat. He's probably the closest SC will ever get to having half a brain in Congress...look at our other Senator...DeMented Jim DeMint. I wish the ads were attacking him instead. God help SC if he's re-elected!
The "American Energy Alliance" does not give a crap about American jobs. They would simply prefer that no pollution laws of any kind be passed. They believe that they would make more money. If our kids get asthma or we get respiratory diseases, then that is just acceptable collateral damage.
American corporations are heartless and soul-less.