Coalition Letter: Conservative Groups Oppose A Carbon Tax

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April 26, 2018

Dear Members of Congress:

The undersigned organizations urge you to support the concurrent resolution, introduced by Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Congressman David McKinley (R-WV), which expresses the sense of the Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the U.S. economy. 

We oppose any carbon tax. We oppose a carbon tax because it would lead to less income and fewer jobs for American families.

For example, a 2014 Heritage Foundation report found that a $37 per ton carbon tax would lead to a loss of more than $2.5 trillion in aggregate gross domestic product by 2030. That is more than $21,000 in income loss per family.

In addition, a carbon tax would cost over 500,000 jobs in manufacturing and more than 1 million jobs by 2030. According to a 2013 CBO report, a carbon tax is highly regressive.

After President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017, more than 90 percent of wage earners have had higher take-home pay.

At least 500 companies of all sizes have already announced special bonuses, pay raises, 401(k) match increases, tuition assistance, new training programs and other benefits for workers.

Thanks to the GOP tax cuts, utility companies are lowering rates, which means lower bills for consumers.

A carbon tax would reverse many of these successes.

We support the House Concurrent Resolution in opposition to a job-killing carbon tax and urge members to co-sponsor and support this effort.

 

Sincerely,

 

Grover Norquist

President, Americans for Tax Reform

 

James L. Martin, Founder/Chairman

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis

60 Plus Association

 

Lisa B. Nelson

CEO, ALEC Action

 

Tom Pyle

President, American Energy Alliance

 

Norm Singleton

President, Campaign for Liberty
 

Bob Carlstrom

President, The Carlstrom Group, LLC

 

Andrew F. Quinlan

President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity

 

Jeffrey Mazzella

President, Center for Individual Freedom

 

Kent Lassman

President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

 

Matthew Kandrach

President, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy

 

Thomas Schatz

President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

 

Craig Richardson

President, Energy & Environmental Legal Institute

 

Alex Ayers

Executive Director, Family Business for Affordable Energy

 

Jason Pye

Vice President of Legislative Affairs, FreedomWorks

 

Carrie L. Lukas

President, Independent Women’s Forum

 

Heather R. Higgins

CEO, Independent Women’s Voice

 

Seton Motley

President, Less Government

 

David Williams

President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

 

Judson Phillips

Founder, Tea Party Nation

 

Amy Kremer

Co-Chair, Women for Trump

 

Becky Norton Dunlop

Former Secretary of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia

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