National Energy Tax Would Strain Budgets of Minnesotans
Congressman John Kline issued the following statement today as Congress debates a job-killing cap-and-trade bill (H.R. 2454), legislation he strongly opposes, which, according to the Heritage Foundation, will cost Minnesota families in the 2nd Congressional District more than $460 million:
"Minnesotans and all Americans should be bracing themselves for a crippling cost increase in the form of a national energy tax that threatens the budgets of families and small businesses. In an attempt to raise federal revenue and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the President has proposed this cap and trade' scheme that would be more accurately titled cap and tax.' I am opposing this irresponsible proposal because it will drive up the price of everyday goods, strain the economy, reduce jobs, and impose a significant cost increase on every American who dares to turn on a light.
"Republicans and Democrats agree it is important to find clean, efficient energy sources that will break our dependence on foreign oil. Our nation needs a diversified all of the above' energy policy that increases domestic energy production, embraces renewable and alternative fuels, and supports conservation efforts to reduce energy consumption. The American Energy Act,' provides an all of the above' solution for offering more affordable energy, producing more well-paying jobs, increasing our energy independence, and creating a cleaner environment without raising costs for you and your family."