House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today released the following statement on the global warming testimony by Former Vice President Al Gore at the Energy & Commerce Committee:
“Former Vice President Gore deserves another Oscar for his testimony today on the Democrats’ plans for a massive national energy tax on every American. As Mr. Gore spoke to the television cameras in the Committee chamber, news reports indicate that behind the scenes, Democrats are wheeling and dealing, trying to buy votes for this disastrous bill with your taxpayer dollars.
“The fact is, the Waxman-Markey bill will raise taxes on every American who drives a car, buys a product manufactured in the United States, or has the audacity to flip on a light switch. Even President Obama has said that under his plan electricity rates will ‘skyrocket.’ Those skyrocketing costs will make manufacturing any product in this country more expensive, and – since countries like China, India, and Mexico will not impose a similar tax – millions of American jobs will move overseas. For proof of cap-and-trade’s folly, look no further than Europe, where the scheme hurt the economy, drove up energy costs, and failed to cut carbon emissions at all.
“Republicans are committed to working with the Administration and congressional Democrats to advance policies for cleaner air and water and a healthy environment. Led by Rep. Mike Pence, our American Energy Solutions Group supports an ‘all of the above’ strategy that promotes alternative technologies, encourages conservation and more nuclear power, and increases environmentally-safe production of American energy. This strategy not only will pave the way for a cleaner, healthier environment for our children and grandchildren, but it will also lower energy costs and create good-paying jobs.”