No Climate tax Just another Americans for Prosperity Sites site Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:55:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Investigative Reporting Workshop: Climate pledge strategy continues to grow Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:04:15 +0000 dtaylor A quarter of senators and more than one-third of representatives have signed a little-known pledge — backed by the Kochs — not to spend any money to fight climate change without an equivalent amount of tax cuts.

They are among 411 current office-holders and politicians, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli II, Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, three members of the Railroad Commission of Texas, the Oklahoma schools superintendent, the Idaho state treasurer and three justices of the peace in Arkansas who have signed the “No Climate Tax Pledge.”

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Elkhart Truth: Who’s inked the AFP anti-tax pledge? Not Rep. Walorski Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:40:58 +0000 dtaylor So who among Indiana’s politicians is pledging what, to whom?

I got a press release from Americans for Prosperity Indiana yesterday touting U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, R-6th District, for signing the group’s No Climate Tax pledge. AFP is the conservative anti-tax group founded with support of the conservative Koch brothers. The pledge is to “oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue,” like a tax on carbon emissions.

The list of signatories to the AFP initiative (look here for the complete roster) includes U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana. U.S. reps from Indiana who have signed, aside from Messer, include Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd; Todd Rokita, R-4th; Larry Bucshon, R-8th; and Todd Young, R-9th.

Not on the list are Elkhart County’s U.S. rep, GOPer Jackie Walorski, and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat.

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Salon: House GOP Leadership pledged to oppose “climate tax” Fri, 16 Nov 2012 01:57:02 +0000 dtaylor The entire GOP leadership has signed a pledge to “oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”

The Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity, which is backed by the Koch brothers, sent out a press release Thursday marking the election of House GOP leadership with a reminder that they had all signed.

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The Hill: House GOP leaders pledge to oppose climate change ‘tax’ Fri, 16 Nov 2012 01:55:13 +0000 dtaylor The entire House GOP leadership team has registered its opposition to climate legislation that raises revenue, underscoring the long odds that taxing carbon emissions has in negotiations on the fiscal cliff.

The Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity greeted Wednesday’s election of the House GOP leadership team by pointing out that the lawmakers are among the signers of the group’s “no climate tax” pledge.

Signers agree to “oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”

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Once Again, Entire House GOP Leadership Team is Signatory to No Climate Tax Pledge Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:02:10 +0000 dtaylor Entire House GOP Leadership Team is Signatory to No Climate Tax Pledge

 Refuses to use climate change as a guise to grow government

Arlington, VA —The free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today noted that following House GOP Conference organizing elections for the 113th Congress the entire leadership team has signed the No Climate Tax pledge.  They have all agreed that they will “oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”  The entire House GOP leadership team is also signed onto the pledge in the current 112th Congress.

“It is heartening to see that for the second congress in a row the House of Representatives will be led by a team that is publicly committed not to use climate as a guise to grow government,” said AFP Director of Policy James Valvo.  “Carbon taxes are once again being floated as a way to raise revenue so that Washington can skip the hard work of actually getting runaway entitlement spending under control.  Using a carbon tax to address the deficit would clearly be a violation of the pledge that the entire House Leadership team for the 112th and now 113th Congress have already pledged not to do,” Valvo concluded.

The following representatives will lead the GOP majority in U.S. House of Representatives in the 113th Congress and have all signed the pledge:

  • John Boehner – Speaker of the House
  • Eric Cantor – Republican Majority Leader
  • Kevin McCarthy – Republican Majority Whip
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers – Republican Conference Chairman
  • Greg Walden – National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman
  • James Lankford – Republican Policy Committee Chairman
  • Lynn Jenkins – Republican Conference Vice-Chair
  • Virginia Foxx – Republican Conference Secretary
  • Tim Scott – Sophomore Class Liaison to Leadership

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. For more information, visit


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Troy Messenger: U.S. Rep. Martha Roby on Pledge and Strong on Energy Reform Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:25:33 +0000 dtaylor Part of a story in the Troy Messenger:

[Rep.] Roby’s Congressional record shows that she voted “yes” on opening the Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling, which makes available for leasing, in the 2012-2017 five-year oil and gas leasing program, Outer Continental Shelf areas that are estimated to contain more than 2.5 billion barrels of oil.

Roby also voted yes on barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases and signed the No Climate Tax Pledge to oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.

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Tucson Citizen: Chuck Gray Opposes Climate Tax Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:37:04 +0000 dtaylor Queen Creek, AZ: Chuck Gray has signed the Americans for Prosperity “No Climate Tax Pledge” because he agrees that phony science should not be used as an excuse to raise taxes.

Gray stated, “Increased taxes, regulations, and mandates are rapidly becoming a threat to the economic survival of our nation. Many of these federal power grabs are being justified by the false claim of man-made global warming. This must stop. It is time to reduce and reverse the death-grip that the federal government has on our economy. I am pleased to join with Americans for Prosperity in their fight to restrain the power of the federal government. I look forward to working with them when I am in Congress to unleash the full potential of the American economy.”

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George LeMieux: Last week, I signed… Mon, 09 May 2011 14:19:45 +0000 dtaylor Florida U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux on his Facebook page:

Last week, I signed the Americans for Prosperity “No Climate Tax” Pledge. American families cannot afford a massive new energy tax. Click ‘like’ if you agree.

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ThinkProgress Remains Willfully Ignorant about No Climate Tax Pledge Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:40:02 +0000 dtaylor For some odd reason the Center for American Progress’s ThinkProgress blog remains unable to grasp the simple concept behind the No Climate Tax pledge. It has nothing to do with science; it has nothing to do with supporting clean energy; the pledge is about the size of government.

In a recent wild rant, ThinkProgress conspiracy blogger Lee Fang writes:

“One Koch front, the ‘No Climate Tax Pledge,’ has successfully manipulated the Republican primary process by demanding that Republicans sign a pledge against supporting clean energy solutions. This pernicious political ploy, along with millions in Koch campaign donations, has resulted in the majority of the Republican caucus now doubting the science underpinning climate change.”

Maybe Lee hasn’t read the pledge. It simply states lawmakers oppose using the climate issue to grow government. If a bill is offered that will price carbon, establish a cap-and-trade energy tax or anything else designed as a solution to global warming it will not violate the pledge if it is revenue neutral. This will be determined by CBO’s score of the bill.

Numerous pledge signers have explicitly stated that they are not against climate legislation, but they are against using the issue as a fear tactic and guise to transfer huge sums of money from the productive private sector to the wasteful and bureaucratic public sector.

What’s more, AFP doesn’t “demand” that anyone sign anything. All candidates and incumbent lawmakers are approached equally and offered an opportunity to take a position on this important issue.

It is unfortunate that ThinkProgress is either incapable of grasping such a simple pledge or is being willfully ignorant about its meaning.

Thankfully, over 500 current lawmakers on all levels of government have not only grasped the concept but embraced stripping organizations like Center for American Progress of their ability to use the climate issue to grow government.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch: Allen Signs Pledge Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:52:49 +0000 dtaylor Click here to read the full story.

U.S. Senate candidate George Allen has pledged to “oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”

Allen, seeking to recapture his former Senate seat after losing it to Jim Webb in 2006, has joined the list of more than 500 lawmakers and candidates to signs Americans for Prosperity’s “No Climate Tax Pledge.”

“It is unacceptable to use climate change legislation as a poorly disguised attempt to raise taxes on hardworking Americans,” Allen said in a statement. “Disastrous legislation like the cap-and-trade scheme would artificially increase the costs of energy, and therefore harm employers, destroy jobs, increase costs on consumers and tighten already-shrinking family budgets.”

Other Virginians to sign the pledge include: U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor; U.S. Reps. Scott Rigell, Robert Hurt, and Morgan Griffith; Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling; and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

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