Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina Launches Carbon Tax Website

October 02, 2013

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Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina Launches Carbon Tax Website
Group Encourages North Carolinians to Tell Senator Hagan to Block the Carbon Tax

RALEIGH, NC – In a continued effort to educate North Carolinians about the carbon tax, Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina today launched a website to inform citizens about the carbon tax issue.

“Senator Hagan has made her position on the carbon tax very confusing,” said Chris Farr, North Carolina Interim State Director for Americans for Prosperity. “Her votes indicate that she is in favor of a carbon tax, and yet her staff says she is against a carbon tax. We want her to block the carbon tax. We want her to take every opportunity she has to say NO to killing North Carolina jobs and demolishing the family budget.”

To accompany the website,, that urges citizens to sign a petition telling Senator Kay Hagan to say “NO” to a carbon tax, Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina has launched a series of web ads encouraging the citizens to make their voices be heard.

“The public deserves to know the truth about the carbon tax and what, if passed, it will do to our economy,” Farr said. “Through our web ads, billboards, and now website, we want to ensure that North Carolinians have the information they need to petition their lawmakers in Washington.”

The website is part of a larger energy project that Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina launched earlier this year to educate North Carolinians on the economic impact of the implementation of the carbon tax and ask the thousands of statewide supporters to hold Senator Kay Hagan accountable to her constituents.

The carbon tax in question would impose a $20 tax for every ton of carbon dioxide emitted over a certain threshold. A 2013 study by the National Association of Manufacturers found that:

  • This tax would deal a blow to employment in North Carolina, with a loss of worker income equivalent to 42,000 to 52,000 jobs in the first year. Nationally, the job loss could reach 1.5 million in the first year of carbon tax implementation.
  • Households in North Carolina would see a significant increase in their electricity rates, with an average increase of 16 percent in 2013.
  • The hardest hit economic sectors in North Carolina would be agriculture, which would lose between 0.3 and 0.8 percent in economic output, and energy-intensive manufacturing, which would lose between 1.2 and 1.4 percent.

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