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Grover Norquist Spouts Falsehoods About Clean Energy Jobs Legislation

Saturday, October 31, 2009

By Media Matters

During a Senate Environment and Public Works committee hearing on the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist repeated a slew of false talking points.  Contrary to Norquist's testimony, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

Grover Norquist Cited False Cost Estimate

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist:
A recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, issued by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), to the U.S. Treasury Department reviled the government's internal reports estimate a cap and trade program will cost between $100 to $200 billion dollars in new taxes per year. This is the equivalent of a hike in personal income taxes by about 15% and the average American household would pay an additional $1,761 a year. [Norquist testimony via ATR, accessed 10/30/09]
That's just wrong. Rated Claim FALSE: The "Statement That Households Will Pay $1,761 In New Taxes Every Year Is Based On A Blogger's Incorrect Assumptions And Overly Simple Math." According to the "statement that households will pay $1,761 in new taxes every year is based on a blogger's incorrect assumptions and overly simple math. The estimate does not account for revenue that will be returned to consumers in the form of rebates and other efficiency measures. Furthermore, the number is based on old numbers; the Treasury estimate was written on the premise that all permits would be sold, which, ultimately, is not the form that the Waxman-Markey legislation has taken. Finally, both Alexander and McCullagh portray money raised by selling these permits as a tax. We rate Alexander's claim False." [, 9/16/09]...(Remainder.)



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