Newt Gingrich: Cap-and-trade is ‘an energy tax’ and a job-killer

This just reported by the Associated Press out of Washington:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says a Democratic proposal to limit global warming pollution will “punish the American people” with higher energy costs and lost jobs.

Gingrich appeared before a House subcommittee writing a broad energy and climate bill aimed at cutting greenhouse gases by 80 percent by mid-century.

Gingrich, a leading Republican voice who has indicated he may seek the presidency in 2012, criticized the Democrats’ cap-and-trade climate proposal. He called it “an energy tax” that will increase Americans’ cost of living and kill jobs.

Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California accused Gingrich of trying to scare people into opposing action on climate change. Waxman argued the bill is designed to contain energy cost increases.

10 comments Add your comment

Chuck Payne

April 24th, 2009
3:38 pm

I’m putting my money on this bill raising energy costs. I have soooo little confidence in ANY Congressman who pledges to “contain” rising costs on anything. They’ve never done it before, why should we believe them now?? Heck, it is Congress who has played the biggest role in getting our country into the mess we’re in!!

Sissy Saxby

April 24th, 2009
3:51 pm

Maybe Newt thinks the Earth is like a wife … you can just trade it for a newer model.

I guess his plan to deal with Global Warming is … do nothing!

The Snark

April 24th, 2009
4:40 pm

Who cares what Newt Gingrich thinks. He’s never done one thing for this country. The only things he has ever served are himself and his political party (in that order.)

Will Jones - Atlanta

April 24th, 2009
9:00 pm

“The Snark” nailed it – bottom line: Gingrich is scum and no matter who sits on any policy committee inviting him and supposedly looking out for America, Gingrich around puts it in the sewer.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

April 24th, 2009
10:43 pm

Well, the libs are going to pass it. We wil see if it works. We will see what happens to what is left of the manufacturing sector in this country. Newt wasn’t the only pol call this spade a tax hike. Powerful house democrat, Jim Dingle, said that,”nobady in this country realizes that Cap and Trade is a tax, and its a great big one.” Dingle said this to that divintiy school dropout and environmental alarmist, Al Gore. Why does anyone listen to Al? He will not even debate the issue anymore. He said that there is no more need for further study. I love it when libs reject science. He chickened out of a debate with skeptics that was scheduled to happen today. I m sure the libs will start attacking Dingle now. Right?

David

April 25th, 2009
1:57 pm

Comment at 3:51 is probably my favorite comment of the year.

Sickofthe Tyranny

April 25th, 2009
6:20 pm

Go “Cheney” yourself, David. I think I just created one of mine.

J. T. the Citizen

April 25th, 2009
8:05 pm

Thus far, it appears that President Obama is headed for a Carterish-type one term. I voted for Obama and was hoping for better. Newt is a man of ideas and a student of history. Shades of Nixon? Pat Brown beats Nixon in the 1962 gubernatorial race in California, Nixon tells the press: “You won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore.” Newt has been re-inventing himself (as a talking head) for the last several years. His smile is now omni-present, and he has always been a man of ideas (often very good ideas). I’d say that he now has the inside track on the GOP nomination of 2012. Republican primary voters will be looking for strong Republican ideas, not warmed-over “Democracy”(big “D” as in McCain-Feinfold, etc.).

J. T. the Citizen

April 25th, 2009
8:07 pm

McCain-Feingold. Sorry about the typo. I am little bit distracted by my beautiful Brazilian wife. Blogging from Itapoa.

Daedalus

April 27th, 2009
10:05 am

Y’all don’t have to worry about cap and trade raising energy costs in Georgia — the GOP controlled Georgia Legislature already did that with their give-away to Georgia Power, its shareholders and lobbyists with the “bill us now for nukes that may never get built” legislation that Governor Curly signed.

In case you wingnuts didn’t read it — and I’m sure you didn’t — the entire risk of loss is on the back of ordinary ratepayers — not big companies, not shareholders, not Georgia Power nor its Board of Director or officers — but ordinary Georgians.

The make us pay today for a nuke plant that may or may not be built. I know history is a hard-subject for the GOP wingnuts — but do a little research on the Washington Public Power Supply system debacle from the 1980’s — the ratepayers in Washington State are still paying billions for nuke plants that were never built.

Quit crying about cap and trade — you’ve already been screwed by the GOP controlled Georgia Legislature and y’all will continue to vote for them because the bible tells you so.

In Georgia the GOP does not ’stick-up for the little guy’ they “stick-it to the little guy.’

Sweeeet.