Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Koch Brothers' No Climate Tax Pledge

Americans For Prosperity is the Koch founded and funded organization behind a misleading pledge known as the No Climate Tax Pledge. The pledge is designed to marry the unpopularity of tax hikes with efforts to find solutions to the climate change crisis.

Many Senate, House and Gubernatorial candidates have already signed the No Climate Tax pledge. See the list of signatories in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Gubinatorial, and State/Municipal Officers.

Contract From America's full No Climate Tax Pledge reads as follows: I, ______________________, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of _______________ and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue. Click to download a PDF of the Pledge

Contract From America rejects cap-and-trade and resists regulations. "authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves" and "reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs."

Like Contract From America, the No Climate Tax Pledge, uses ideas that have some traction in the public and then they make misleading claims including scare tactics that prey upon people economic anxieties. Its a well known Republican trick that has fooled Americans for generations. Republicans may campaign on fiscal conservatism, but they do not practice it.

Through organizations like Americans For Prosperity, the Koch brothers and their Republican Tea Party candidates resist the very measures needed for America’s global competitiveness.

Koch Industries and the Republican party oppose action to limit global warming pollution and they even question the validity of climate science. When they are not denying the reality of climate change they are arguing that the costs of trying to manage will be too great. However, if greenhouse gases are left unchecked, climate scientists are predicting cataclysmic climatic events that will cripple our entire economic system.

The No Climate Tax Pledge is a popular idea, but it ultimately serves short term corporate agendas.

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