First on CNN: New online ads urge against carbon tax
June 5th, 2013
12:46 PM ET
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First on CNN: New online ads urge against carbon tax

(CNN) – Online ads, backed by a six-figure buy from a conservative group, are hitting the web urging lawmakers to oppose a tax on carbon emissions.

The campaign from Americans for Prosperity goes after senators and representatives from 15 states, and begins with a budget of $175,000, according to a release from the organization.

The senators targeted are all Democrats: Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Udall of Colorado and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.

"Carbon taxes are bad for American industry and jobs," AFP President Tim Phillips wrote in a statement. "They drive up utility bills and the cost of gasoline for American families and businesses, all while hurting job growth and driving business overseas. Deliberately driving up energy prices is a bad approach that slows economic activity."

A tax on carbon emissions has gained little traction among lawmakers in Washington, and has also been met with resistance from President Barack Obama's administration.

"We would never propose a carbon tax, and have no intention of proposing one," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in November in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

But proponents say such a tax would help the U.S. reduce its massive federal deficit and discourage the use of energy sources that harm the environment.

Obama's last attempt at passing climate change legislation did not include a carbon tax, opting instead for a plan that would cap emissions on plants and allow trading of emission credits. That plan passed the House but failed in the Senate.

AFP vocally opposed the cap and trade legislation, and has long fought proposed further regulations restricting emissions.

The group is partially funded by the industrialist Koch brothers, whose holdings include manufacturing and petroleum refining companies.


Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Campaign against some issue on which your opponents have never taken a position, much less supported. Just go out and create a false argument over some non-existent, pending piece of legislation. No one would know the difference. Nice one, conservatives. Good to see you haven't lost all of your wits.

    June 5, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Another 501(c)(4)? If so, targeting politicians should be considered political activity that gets them the boot. Stick to the issue and it's fine. Venture into politics and it shouldn't be.

    June 5, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    We have to find balance, between protecting the environment, and protecting jobs for Americans.

    At the rate we are going, the EP{A is going to put all of America out of work, for nothing, because in the end, the pollution destroys the planet, no matter which country produces it.

    June 5, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Is there a problem here? NOPE

    Move along people...............................

    June 5, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Lisa P.

    Brought to you by the Koch brothers and their carbon-emitting energy sector investments. Because alternative energy sources are not healthy for the future of their bottom line.

    June 5, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    We have to find balance, between protecting the environment, and protecting jobs for Americans.

    At the rate we are going, the EP{A is going to put all of America out of work, for nothing, because in the end, the pollution destroys the planet, no matter which country produces
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    The policies the right wing wants to enact would turn America into an unhabitable waste land within a century.

    June 5, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. just sayin

    Rudy NYC
    Rick McDaniel
    We have to find balance, between protecting the environment, and protecting jobs for Americans.
    At the rate we are going, the EP{A is going to put all of America out of work, for nothing, because in the end, the pollution destroys the planet, no matter which country produces
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    The policies the right wing wants to enact would turn America into an unhabitable waste land within a century.
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    right... because repulicans and their children live on diffferent land, breath different air, drink different water,.... do you have any idea how absolutely stupid you sound making statements like that?

    June 5, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. mission accomplished

    If the Democrats had their way, we'd all be living in caves and eating wild plants and raw meat. Burning wood for fires would be outlawed.

    June 5, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Colorado

    Two F5 tornados in 10 days in OK. Could some politician please grow a pair and tell the Koch Bros that they simply cannot pollute whenever and where ever they want!?! This is MY country too and "undue burdens" on businesses ARE NOT more important than the air we breath!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "because repulicans and their children live on diffferent land, breath different air, drink different water,.... "

    But they do. Most of the GOP/Teatroll base is suburban and rural folks...and yes, we know exactly what you guys are dogwhistling when you say "urban" with a little smirk on your faces. Whose backyards and water supplies and immediate environments do you think are most threatened by the existing and planned-to-be built pollution-hog plants? Hmmmm? You know exactly whose...and it's why you don't mind.

    June 5, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    just sayin wrote:

    right... because repulicans and their children live on diffferent land, breath different air, drink different water,.... do you have any idea how absolutely stupid you sound making statements like that?
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    Translation: You have no answer for real facts and the actual truth. The right prefers Wonderland.

    You should visit the Port of Elizabeth in New Jersey. On any given day you can see dozens of large container ships, and at least a dozen oil tankers. Just north and south of the tanker docks are oil refineries. The smell of rotten eggs is so strong in the air that you can smell it for miles. Anyone who's ever flown in or out of Newark Liberty Airport would be happy to share their own gut wrenching experience.

    June 5, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    mission accomplished

    If the Democrats had their way, we'd all be living in caves and eating wild plants and raw meat. Burning wood for fires would be outlawed.
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    Tha't my line about the Tea Party. It makes no sense when a conservative says it about a liberal open to change. If the Tea Party had their way they'd be against mathematics, written language and cooked food.

    June 5, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. jsmoulder

    @Colorado
    The worst tornado in history happened March 18 1925, killed 695 people it ranged from F1 to F5 on the ground for over 300 miles. What the Republicans are wanting does not cause an F5 tornado.

    June 5, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. jsmoulder

    Sorry 219 miles not 300

    June 5, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    Rudy NYC
    Rick McDaniel
    We have to find balance, between protecting the environment, and protecting jobs for Americans.
    At the rate we are going, the EP{A is going to put all of America out of work, for nothing, because in the end, the pollution destroys the planet, no matter which country produces
    ---
    The policies the right wing wants to enact would turn America into an unhabitable waste land within a century.
    --

    right... because repulicans and their children live on diffferent land, breath different air, drink different water,.... do you have any idea how absolutely stupid you sound making statements like that?
    ********************
    Doing nothing ensures that we will have a wasteland, and rolling over and saying that there is nothing we can do to stop it goes against every instinct a real American has. Btw, if you can't detect the sarcasm in Rudy's post, you are even more witless than you already appear. The difference between Conservatives and Americans is that we are ready to do whatever it takes to minimize the damage we do to the environment, whereas a Conservative will only be thinking about their shares of Koch Industries as they battle cancer. You ask why, and we say, why not? Then we make it happen.

    June 5, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    mission accomplished – Correction, actually anybody BUT democrats would be living in caves.

    June 5, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Dan5404

    More than 1,000 spills and illegal dumps of toxic waste from the already-working upper part of the Keystone project as of about 6 months ago. 40% of Northwest United States pollution comes from coal-fired and mostly unregulated generating plants and poorly regulated motor vehicles in Europe and China, yet we want to have more with limited regulations? When clean water to drink and bathe becomes as expensive as oil, and people have to wear masks outdoors, the ultra conservatives will hold a series of committee investigations to see which Democrats they can blame for it. The Koch brothers will blame government regulations.

    June 5, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    mission accomplished – Correction, actually anybody BUT democrats would be living in caves.
    *********************
    Oh, look who just made a funny.....the flyspeck schill for the Right speaks.

    June 5, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    The Real Tom Paine – Nobody was talking to you but then again you people don't care what anyone else thinks. That's obvious. Your chit doesn't stink right?

    June 5, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Pete

    Yah let the earth go to hell in a hand basket,typical republicans response and climate change is BS too..Tell Oklahomans that are again cleaning up after record setting tornadoes that've devastated their state again..And this tax is well suited for dirty industries real well so we're not another China,India having to walk around all day with face masks on because the airs too toxic to breath,good one republicans you just can't stop topping yourselves in stupidity can yah!!

    June 5, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Bootstomper

    Go live in Oklahoma then tell me why your against a carbon tax.

    June 5, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Perry / Issa 2016
    A toxic world makes a better economy ?

    June 5, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |