A resolution designed to kill the possibility of a carbon tax will be introduced Wednesday and, if passed, will potentially save millions of jobs, says Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise.
“We want to make it clear that Congress, in a bipartisan way, opposes any attempt to put a tax on carbon and hurt families with higher energy prices and millions of lost jobs that would come,’’ Scalise told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’
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“The president wants to impose this kind of tax – 40 percent increase in natural gas, 20 cents more per gallon next year.’’
Scalise, who represents Louisiana's First Congressional District, said the science behind what carbon-tax proponents say causes global warming remains in question.
“The earth goes through all kinds of climate changes and yet, they’re still trying to say it’s man that’s causing this,’’ he said.
“Just look at we’ve seen in natural gas in the last few years in this revolution because of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. We’ve created millions of jobs but we’ve also lowered energy prices.
“It’s actually brought some manufacturing back into our country.’’
Scalise also praised Rep. Paul Ryan’s federal budget proposal for its balancing of the budget in 10 years.
“That’s something that a lot of us conservatives, especially in the Republican Study Committee have been pushing for, not to mention the policies that go on beneath that, to get our economy back on track, to keep Medicare from going bankrupt, which it’s set to do right now because of Obamacare,’’ Scalise said.
“The Senate … hasn’t produced a budget in four years. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.’’
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