Rep. Marsha Blackburn tells Newsmax that the Obama administration’s “cap and trade” plan to curb carbon emissions would cost each American family more than $3,000 a year and result in the loss of at least one million jobs.
The Tennessee Republican also said the turnouts at the recent anti-tax “tea party” rallies demonstrated Americans’ “disgust” with runaway federal spending.
Newsmax.TV’s Ashley Martella asked Rep. Blackburn, a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, about the cap and trade — or “cap and tax” — proposal.
“The provisions they are proposing would change our economy and would have detrimental effects to American industry,” Blackburn declared.
“What we have learned from our research and findings — not our own but those of other outside agencies and groups such as the MIT study — is that this would cost American families $3,128 per year in basically what is a national energy tax.
“The National Association of Manufacturers estimates that it would cost three to four million American jobs. And then they estimate what they think the jobs growth would be. They only think that this legislation would create two million green jobs. So we are looking at a large jobs loss in this country if they pass that bill.”
Martella asked about a provision in the House climate bill that would allow those who say they are victims of global warming, or expect to suffer from it, to sue the federal government or private businesses over greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are very concerned about that private right of action being included in that bill,” Blackburn said, adding that it would be “bankrupting to the federal government.”
Martella noted that no Republican voted in favor of President Barack Obama’s $3.5 trillion budget, and asked if the GOP would continue the fight to curtail spending.
“I hope we’ve drawn a line in the sand against this runaway spending,” she said. “This is something I’ve been fighting for years.
“I thought President Bush spent too much, and I think the Obama administration, which is spending more than three times as much, is spending way too much.
“Every year I file three bills. One calls for a one percent, another for a two percent, and the third a five percent across-the-board spending cut. This is something we have to get under control.”
Martella asked if Blackburn was hearing a lot from constituents about federal spending.
“Yes we are,” she responded. “And I think it is much of what was at the center of the tea parties, the disgust with spending.
“I was amazed. I attended three tea parties and spoke at all three. And the crowds were I’d say 50 to 60 percent female. Lots of moms. Lots of grandmoms. Lots of young people in these crowds.
“People were absolutely so offended with how the spending is taking place at the federal level.”
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