October 22nd, 2009
03:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Graham attacked over cap-and-trade in new ad

Sen. Lindsey Graham is being attacked by a $250,000 ad campaign.
Sen. Lindsey Graham is being attacked by a $250,000 ad campaign.

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."


Filed under: Energy • Lindsey Graham • South Carolina
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Vincent Petrosino

    Senator LIndsey Graham is the only thinking politician left in South Carolina's Republican contingency. And this is how he is treated by the ever-shrinking, out-of-touch, angry white men's party. No wonder he and other moderates like him are becoming a fast dying breed. Remember RNC that young voters are NOT and NEVER will be with you!

    October 22, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Obama – afraid
    Chency – a fraud"

    Equivocation and relativism in an attempt to appear enlightened is merely a thinly veiled fear of making a decision as to which side is right or at least attempting to address the merits. If you have spent even 3 minutes researching top officials' and experts' opinions as to what Obama is doing, you'd know he's trying to make a rational decision based on a clear plan, not just rush off and do what ONE military leader said (no matter how high a rank). There is a reason a civilian was made CiC. If you're going to stand in the middle of the road because you're afraid to choose one sidewalk or the other, you're going to eventually get run over.

    October 22, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. chill

    Thank God for a GOP politician with guts like Lindsey Graham. Of course the "tax" will be passed along in higher prices. Maybe then we'll think twice about funding terrorists and petro-dictators around the world and get focused on a smart grid and other ways to save energy now and alternative energy sources, including nuclear, in the longer term. What needs to be done in conjunction with cap & trade is to provide enough support and incentives for the market to develop those alternatives and savings strategies.

    October 22, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    South Carolina go figure. I would hope that after all the embarrassing situations that the folks in SC vote better for the next two or three elections. Starting with "the Iraq and such" beauty queen to this lindsay guy!!!
    Wow! We were planning on moving south and were considering SC. Now . . . . . I not only don't think so we are NOT!

    October 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Randolph Carter, I'm no economist but.....

    The neoclowns think we should just wait until there is no more oil to do something about our oil dependence. Have a nice day!

    October 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Bob

    Graham needs to pull a Specter and prepare to loose his next election.

    I disapprove of all politicians equally they all should be fired.

    October 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. g

    reagan,s trikle-down is going to kick in, 2050 be patient

    October 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Glen Beck is Rush Limbaugh's Evil Spawn

    Republicans don't have to worry about Democrats or Progressives ruining their chances to win elections. The rabid-extremist-right-wing-conservative faction of their party is doing the work for us! Thanks Neo-Cons!

    October 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Sharon

    Senator Lindsey Graham has definitely gotten my attention these past few months. I admit to not liking him very much and then he broke from the pack and voted for Sotomayor.. Definitely got my attention and I really started listening to him. Grown to like him.. especially when he jumped on Glenn Beck. Just when I believed that the face of the Republican Party was turning into radicals.. he has emerged looking like a very reasonable, strong, personality.

    October 22, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Dan

    Don't hate on the Republicans. Look at the facts:
    The energy companies and the health insurance companies want our money, preferably all we have after rent and food. Some of that, too...OK. Maybe all of it. But then we will have thinner people who enjoy the great outdoors more often. And with the slowly obvious effects of global warming, some of us who survive the ozone layer deficiency will be able to swim in places we used to walk. Thanks, GOP! Really, can't we all walk together, I mean, work together?

    October 22, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Mike in MN

    I'ts Republicans like Graham and Bush that contributed to the deficits during the Bush years. The party as a whole lost it's way on fisical responsibility. Conservatives will no longer back Repubilicans that do not make a strong small government, low taxes, fisical responsiblity stand. If Graham can find a majority of voters in his state to support him, more power to him. If he was in my state he would not get my vote.

    October 22, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. NVa Native

    It's a pretty crazy world when Lindsey Graham is attacked as not enough of a whacko for the party of whackos? It must be the climate change that makes them crazier by the day. Soon the tea-baggers will be eaten by the birthers. Please bite down hard.

    BTW – "An interest group supported by energy companies" is the definiation of a lobbyist group. – you bunch of simple minded right-wing butt clowns. You helped create the Beck-ler and keep Lou Lobbs in a paid position – just because the light is shining on the reptiles at Fox media doesn't mean you have to keep following them.

    October 22, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Bren

    If this Cap and Tax Energy Bill passes--millions more US citizens will lose their jobs!! First, they will go after all jobs related to the coal industry. Then, millions of jobs related to manufacturing-plants, mills, etc. will be lost. Airlines will be effected. Then, millions more will lose jobs in ALL occupations--travel, construction, retail, etc.--as NOBODY will have any money and NOBODY will be spending money.

    ALL of us will be paying more electricity/gas and be paying more for EVERYTHING-as all businesses will have their taxes/expenses raised, so they will pass this expense on to us.

    October 22, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Bren

    There are millions of US citizens throughout the country who know that the Democrats are responsible for millions of lost jobs, the high unemployment rate, the stagnant real estate market, the stagnant stock market, etc.

    The Republicans and the majority of Independents will be coming out in record numbers and voting Republican in 2010 and 2012--to take away the power/control from Obama and the Democrats. The intelligent, moderate Dems-–who are aware of what Obama and the Democrats are doing to our economy/country-- won't vote Republican--they will just stay home.

    October 22, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina

    Once again, Graham proves himself to be a RINO.

    And he had the nerve to assert he wasn't going to let Ron Paul "hijack" the GOP! He and the rest of the neo-cons stole the GOP in the first place–Ron Paul is one of the few remaining Republicans who still honestly hold to the original principles of the Party: small government, fiscal restraint, and individual liberty.

    October 22, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Pat

    Mitch, did you ever think that the welfare state is responsibile for low unemployment and test scores? The entire U.S. is rapidly moving in the same direction. The government cannot create jobs. It produces nothing. So, how could it?

    October 22, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Bill

    Cap and Tax = Obama's version of prosperity.

    October 22, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Freedom

    Cap and Trade is damaging to our country. Jerry Costello (D) in my district who vote NO on it agrees. Mr. costello knows that the bill in the end will be damaging to Jobs ,and Industry in our country. We have givin companies a way to leave this country with NAFTA. Now we are going to pass Cap and trade ,and watch the rest of what industry that's left in this country move out. I'm a DEM who is upset that my own party that wants to destroy the working man. And green jobs lets see what Mr. Costello was trying to tell me in a letter.

    Coal plant 4,988 jobs. A Solor plant would employee 2,000 jobs.

    October 22, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. NC

    Now they are attacking those in their own party. Bless their hearts, they are a crazy bunch.

    October 22, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Mark

    All the middle class needs right now is an elevated energy cost to appease the liberals in Washington.

    October 22, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Lynda

    And the Republicans think they have the answer to help our economy.....they have always been for BIG BUSINESS they don't care if it will take away more jobs.....as long as they still have their jobs.........the republicans have NO better solutions to solving this poor economy and by the sounds of what Graham is trying to propose they would only further damage this country......along with this idiot Chaney and his remarks.......if only Bush and Chaney had a plan before they started their war in Afganistan but NO they had to go to Iraq and start another War and left our men and women in Afganistan helpless......what War Mongals they are.......

    October 22, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Dick Cheney is the new leader of the Republican Party and he'll fix everything.

    October 22, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Wow!!

    A republican who cares about our planets environment and doesn't scream drill baby drill?? Wow Cheney must be rolling over in his grave during the day.

    October 22, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Proud Member..Party of No

    Watch Fox News to separate the democrat lies about cap & tax from the actual truth. This is another disastrous democrat power grab and tax scheme. It never ends.

    October 22, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. ran

    Now on to energy and another group who will do all they can to keep everything the same: Big Oil.

    And yes another string attached to the Republican puppet.

    I bet the auto industry is not so happy they went to bed with Big Oil now that big oil got theirs and left auto industry wanting.

    Another one to bite the dust after President Obama and we the people get finished.

    Change is a coming.

    October 22, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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