AEA Educational Campaign to Fight Massive Energy Tax, Further Government Induced Job Losses

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Laura Henderson (202) 621-2951

AEA Educational Campaign to Fight Massive Energy Tax, Further Government Induced Job Losses

WASHINGTON – With Congress moving at breakneck pace to pass an energy tax bill that would amount to the largest single tax increase on working families in U.S. history, American Energy Alliance (AEA) today announced the launch of an integrated education and advocacy campaign aimed at helping Americans understand all the facts surrounding “cap-and-trade,” and arming them with the tools they need to hold their elected officials accountable as the debate moves forward in Washington, D.C.

At its core, the campaign will reach out to residents of ten targeted congressional district by taking its message to the radio airwaves, making sure middle-class Americans know that cap-and-trade is actually a massive, intentionally complicated “cap-and-tax” scheme in disguise – one that will potentially cost families more than $3,100 a year in new taxes and higher energy bills.

“Even advocates of cap-and-trade admit the purpose of the plan is to increase the cost of energy,” said AEA president Thomas J. Pyle. “That fact is not in dispute. The real fight in Washington is over how high those costs will go, and what, exactly, we can expect to get from engaging in the unilateral disarmament of our energy and economic future.”

Added Pyle: “Cap-and-trade’s supporters know full well what the answers are, but up until now have done their best to keep them away from the American people – at least until they have rammed their plan through Congress.  AEA wants to ensure that Americans are fully aware of cap-and-trade’s dire consequences: higher energy bills, new taxes, and increased job losses.”

The radio spots are slated to run for two weeks, commencing Wednesday, April 29 in the home districts of Representatives John Barrow (D-Ga.), G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas), Baron Hill (D-Ind.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Charlie Melancon (D-La.), Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), Mike Ross (D-Ark.), and Betty Sutton (D-Ohio).  For audio and text of the ads, click on the representative’s name.

The American Energy Alliance (AEA) is a not-for-profit organization that engages in public policy advocacy and debate surrounding the function, operation, and government regulation of global energy markets.  AEA, an independent affiliate of the Institute for Energy Research, works to educate and mobilize citizens around the idea that freely-functioning energy markets provide the most efficient and effective solutions to today’s global energy and environmental challenges.


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