AEA Cautions Against Republican-led Green New Deal Lite

Costly proposal spearheaded by Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) fails free-market litmus test

WASHINGTON DC (February 12, 2020) – Thomas Pyle, President of the American Energy Alliance (AEA), issued the following statement in response to the unveiling of a Republican-led “climate messaging exercise” providing tax credits for carbon capture and other conservation proposals:

“Individuals, small businesses, and corporations should always be looking for innovative ways to offer more and better services or products to consumers while lessening their negative impact on the environment. It is both common sense and makes good business sense. When it comes to government policy, our focus remains steadfast. We reject proposals that restrict access to affordable, reliable energy and attempt to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.”

“Americans intuitively understand that people — not governments — solve problems. We place our trust in the collective wisdom of free markets and free minds to solve any challenge that comes before us.”

“Early in the year, I cautioned lawmakers that the only thing the Green New Deal could possibly hope to achieve is to lull policymakers into accepting less draconian ‘reasonable alternatives’ to it. Unfortunately, Republican Leader McCarthy did not heed that warning and has made the same mistake that many of his predecessors have made — you can never out-Democrat a Democrat. His costly proposal is a slippery slope to a slightly less intrusive Green New Deal.”

AEA regularly scores Congressional votes concerning significant energy and environmental policy issues via its Energy Scorecard, designed to educate lawmakers about the most important energy votes of the year and empowers the American people to hold their elected officials accountable for the decisions they make in Washington.

See Pyle’s testimony before the House Western Caucus: Green New Deal: Unnecessary, Illogical, and Immoral

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