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Anti-Coal Democrats Fundraising For Alison Lundergan Grimes

- August 23, 2013

CAP AND TRADE SUPPORTERS MARK BEGICH AND KAY HAGAN SENT FUNDRAISING APPEALS FOR GRIMES

Yesterday, The Hill Reported That Sens. Mark Begich (D-AR) And Kay Hagan (D-NC) Sent Fundraising Appeals For Kentucky Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes To Their Supporters. "Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) are helping Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) Democratic opponent, an unusual move for senators facing their own tough reelection battles. Begich and Hagan both emailed supporters Thursday afternoon asking for supporters to pledge support for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), a way for the Kentucky candidate to build a fundraising base." (Cameron Joseph, "Begich, Hagan Helping McConnell's Opponent," The Hill, 8/22/13)

Mark Begich Supports A National Carbon Tax

In March 2013, Begich Voted In Favor Of Establishing A Carbon Tax. "Whitehouse, D-R.I., amendment no. 646 that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for legislation that would provide for a fee on carbon pollution and use revenues collected to reduce the deficit." (S. Con. Res. 8, CQ Vote #58: Rejected 41-58: R 0-45; D 39-13; I 2-0, 3/22/13, Begich Voted Yea)

A Carbon Tax Could Cost Up To 21,000 Jobs In Alaska. "This tax would deal a blow to employment in Alaska, with a loss of worker income equivalent to 7,000 to 21,000 jobs in 2013 and 9,000 to 12,000 by 2013." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org, Accessed 4/16/13)

A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Price Of Gas In Alaska By More Than 20 Cents Per Gallon. "Prices at the pump would jump by more than 20 cents a gallon in 2013." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org, Accessed 4/16/13)

  • A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Electricity For Alaskans By 12 Percent. "Households in Alaska would see a significant increase in their electrify rates, with an average increase of 12 percent in 2013." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org, Accessed 4/16/13)
  • A Carbon Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Natural Gas By More Than 40 Percent. "The cost of using natural gas would increase by more than 40 percent in 2013, the first year of the carbon tax study, adding to household energy bills and increasing operation costs for many Alaska businesses." (National Association Of Manufacturers, "Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In Alaska," www.nam.org, Accessed 4/16/13)

Kay Hagan Supports Cap And Trade

During The 2008 Campaign, Hagan's Spokeswoman Said She Would Have Supported The Climate Security Act, A Bill That "At Its Heart . . . Is A Basic Cap-And-Trade System." "The bill, known as the Climate Security Act, includes provisions for a variety of special interests, from job-training funds for renewable energy workers to funding for green buildings. At its heart, though, the bill is a basic cap-and-trade system for energy companies that emit greenhouse gases… state Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro, supports the bill, which her spokeswoman said fit Hagan's energy plan offered this spring." (Barbara Barrett, "Climate Bill Has Unlikely Ally," Charlotte Observer, 6/6/08)

  • According To The EPA, The Bill Would Have Cut GDP By $1 To $2.8 Trillion By 2050. "Under S.2191, GDP is modeled to be between 0.9% ($238 billion) and 3.8% ($983 billion) lower in 2030 and between 2.4% ($1,012 billion) and 6.9% ($2,856 billion) lower in 2050 than in the Reference Scenario. ("EPA Analysis Of The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act Of 2008," Environmental Protection Agency, 3/14/08)
  • Electricity Prices Would Have Spiked 44% By 2030 And 26% By 2050. "Electricity prices are projected to increase 44% in 2030 and 26% in 2050, assuming the cost of allowances can partially be passed on to consumers (as is the case in a full auction). ("EPA Analysis Of The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act Of 2008," Environmental Protection Agency, 3/14/08)

The Coal Industry Directly And Indirectly Supports 9,160 Jobs In North Carolina. ("Coal In North Carolina," National Mining Association, Accessed 8/23/13)

  • Coal Jobs Directly And Indirectly Provide $502 Million In Wages To North Carolina Workers Every Year. ("Coal In North Carolina," National Mining Association, Accessed 8/23/13)

DEMOCRATS' ANTI-COAL AGENDA WOULD BE DEVASTATING FOR KENTUCKY

The Coal Industry Directly And Indirectly Employs 89,350 People In Kentucky. ("Coal In Kentucky," National Mining Association, Accessed 8/23/13)

  • Coal Jobs Directly And Indirectly Provide $5.5 Billion In Wages To Kentucky Workers Every Year. ("Coal In Kentucky," National Mining Association, Accessed 8/23/13)

Coal Contributes $10 Billion To Kentucky's Economy. "It says 'coal is not just an energy source, it's a way of life' in Kentucky, contributing $10 billion to Kentucky's 2010 economy. It goes on to say lawmakers have 'deep concern' the new climate policies will make matters worse." (Ronnie Ellis, "Kentucky Lawmakers Lash Out At Obama's 'War On Coal'," The Register-Herald, 8/7/13)

A Bipartisan Group Of Fifty Kentucky Lawmakers Wrote To Obama Objecting To His "Unfair Attack On Coal." "A bi-partisan group of 50 Kentucky lawmakers has appealed to President Obama to show greater sympathy for and grant relief to the nation's beleaguered coal industry. Democratic Speaker Greg Stumbo, who represents coal-producing Floyd County in Eastern Kentucky, and 49 other members of the Kentucky House sent a letter to Obama objecting to his administration's 'unfair attack on coal.' (Ronnie Ellis, "Kentucky Lawmakers Lash Out At Obama's 'War On Coal'," The Register-Herald, 8/7/13)

In 2008, Obama Promised To "Bankrupt" Anyone Who Built A New Coal-Fired Power Plant. "OBAMA: "So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can - it's just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted." (Sen. Barack Obama, Interview With The San Francisco Chronicle's Editorial Board, 1/17/08)


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