Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Apologies for the duplicative e-mail, we had a last minute addition to the letter.
This Thursday the House is expected to take up a resolution (H.Con.Res. 89
) sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA-01) that expresses the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the economy of the United States. This resolution relies on a limited perspective on carbon taxes, does not account for the potential benefits to the economy, and preempts needed policy dialogue on lessening climate risk.
We believe that a carbon price can serve as a driver for bipartisan agreement on finance and environment policies. Revenues from a price on carbon are at Congress’ discretion; they can be recycled and used for pro-growth measures such as lowering tax rates, helping families cope with increased energy costs, and aiding impacted communities, natural resources, and wildlife. They can also be used to fund badly needed infrastructure and clean energy investments and aid research and development programs. If designed to, carbon pricing can level the playing-field with respect to energy production source by reducing or eliminating the need for subsides and alleviating the need to achieve carbon reductions solely through regulation.
By discouraging debate about sensible ways to address risks to the environment you may be limiting options to accomplish key priorities in the future.
We urge you to keep your options open and vote against Congressman Scalise’s Resolution.
Former Congressman, ID
Partner and Co-Founder
The Partnership for Responsible Growth
President and CEO
The National Wildlife Federation
Energy Future Coalition