Urge Congress to Hold a Fair Hearing on Climate Change

A hearing titled "The Obama Administration’s Climate Change Policies and Activities" has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. by the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Our very own Nebraska Representative Lee Terry is a member of this subcommittee.

We need your help to urge Lee Terry, as well as the whole of the House of Representatives to improve this hearing by including a neutral party that can accurately testify about the science of climate change and the solution of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. This hearing is being held in order to closely examine President Obama’s climate action plan and we expect it to be highly critical of the Administration’s proposal to use EPA regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It is very important to contact your own Representative to urge Mr. Terry and the leaders on the Energy and Power committee to include an expert witness to provide testimony about the science of climate change and the solution of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. The list of Nebraska Representatives can be found below.

The message we want to send to them is this:

  • The "The Obama Administration’s Climate Change Policies and Activities" hearing needs to be more than a critique of the President’s plan. It should include a discussion about the latest peer-reviewed science of climate change and the impact we can expect from it.
  • There needs to be more discussion about solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The hearing should provide testimony about a revenue-neutral carbon tax that gives tax money back to households, a market-based solution favored by a number of conservatives, especially since many Representatives find the EPA regulations to be an unacceptable solution.

Below is a list of conservative experts that should be considered to testify about this market-based approach:

Art Laffer, former Reagan economic adviser: “Reduce taxes on something we want more of–income–and tax something we arguably want less of–carbon pollution. It’s a win­win.”

Greg Mankiw, economic advisor to George W. Bush and Mitt Romney: A “proposed carbon fee — or carbon tax, if you prefer — is more effective and less invasive than the regulatory approach that the federal government has traditionally pursued.”

Andrew Moylan, R Street Institute: “A revenue-neutral carbon tax coupled with regulatory reform could achieve the same goal the president seeks to address without expanding government or contracting economic opportunity.”

Gary Becker, Nobel laureate economist: “A carbon tax would encourage producers and consumers to shift toward energy sources that emit less carbon… And revenue neutrality means that it will not have fiscal drag on economic growth.”

George Shultz, former Secretary of State: "We have to have a system where all forms of energy bear their full costs… and to me the most appealing way is a revenue-­neutral carbon tax.”

NEBRASKA REPRESENTATIVES INFORMATION:

Representative Lee Terry - District #2
11717 Burt Street, Suite 106, Omaha, NE 68154
Washington DC: (202) 225-4155
Omaha: (402) 397-9944
Web Email: www.leeterryforms.house.gov

Representative Jeff Fortenberry - District #1
301 South 13th Street, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68508
125 S. 4th Street, Suite 101, Norfolk, NE 68701
P.O. Box 377629 Broad Street, Fremont, NE 68026
Lincoln: (402) 438-1598
Norfolk: (402) 379-2064
Fremont: (402) 727-0888
Washington D.C.: (202) 225-4806
www.fortenberry.house.gov

Representative Adrian Smith - District #3
416 Valley View Drive Suite 600, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
1811 West Second Street Suite 105, Grand Island, NE 68803
Washington DC: (202) 225-6435
Scottsbluff: (308) 633-6333
Grand island: (308) 384-3900
www.adriansmith.house.gov

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