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PR: Cap-and-Trade and Kean, Perfect Together

November 30, 2011 J

For Immediate Release – November 30, 2011

Cap-and-Trade and Kean, Perfect Together

Americans for Prosperity Rips Former Governor Tom Kean for His Gore-Like Global Warming Rant

BOGOTA, NJ – Americans for Prosperity is firing back today at former Gov. Tom Kean for comments he made at a Rutgers University conference regarding the RGGI Cap-and-Trade program.

As reported by NJ Spotlight, Kean laced into those skeptical of the global warming argument, calling on AGW alarmists to “confront those who don’t believe in the science of it for the ignorant people that they are” and saying that Gov. Christie’s decision to withdraw from the RGGI Cap-and-Trade scheme was a “shame.”

“The real shame is what liberal so-called Republicans like Tom Kean have done to New Jersey,” said AFP state director Steve Lonegan. “Tom Kean left behind a legacy of spending, taxes, and debt that would make Barack Obama envious.

“During his eight years in office, Gov. Kean fueled New Jersey’s downward economic spiral which continues to this day. He raised the income tax, the sales tax, corporate taxes, gasoline taxes, and virtually every other tax in the state of New Jersey while more than doubling state spending.

“Gov. Kean is the poster child for the failed tax-and-spend policies that have crippled New Jersey. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the former governor would align himself with far left environmentalists and embrace the job-killing RGGI Cap-and-Trade tax.

“Gov. Kean’s Gore-like rant and penchant for embracing liberal policies show he is greatly out of touch with the mainstream of the country. He uses his Republican registration as cover to advance his radical agenda; an agenda that even his protégé, Chris Christie, has rejected.”

Bonner Cohen, Senior Fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, issued this refutation of Gov. Kean’s pro-global warming stance.

“What former Governor Kean and other supporters of RGGI fail to acknowledge is that the ‘science’ of human-induced global warming is non-existent. There is absolutely nothing showing a cause-and-effect relationship between manmade greenhouse-gas emissions and a warming of the climate. The notion is based not on climatological observations but on computer models. These computer models have absolutely no predictive capability and can be easily manipulated to produce whatever result the modeler, usually funded by taxpayer money, desires.

“With an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, the last thing the people of New Jersey need is to have the state’s tottering economy further burdened by a RGGI regulatory scheme that will make the Garden State less competitive than it already is and will have absolutely no effect on the climate. New Jersey’s business sectors – from manufacturing to agriculture – can thank their lucky stars that they will not be subjected to RGGI’s onerous regulatory straightjacket.”

Lonegan also took aim at Rutgers University for hosting what he called a “one-sided” forum.

“This one-sided radical environmentalist love fest that was paid for with our tax dollars is exactly the kind of spending we need to eliminate to keep tuition costs in check,” added Lonegan. “As online investigative journalist James O’Keefe exposed, Rutgers University has an extreme agenda and shows little interest in letting the facts get in the way of advancing that extreme agenda.”

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 1.9 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFP has 34 state chapters and affiliates. More than 85,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org
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