MANCHESTER – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today made the following comments in response to former State Senator Jim Rubens, a candidate for U.S. Senate, signing AFP’s “No Climate Tax Pledge.” Rubens joins nearly 725 bipartisan lawmakers and candidates on the federal, state and local levels who have signed the pledge.
“We do appreciate Senator Rubens signing AFP’s No Climate Tax Pledge. The one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn’t be used as an excuse for a massive tax hike on citizens and businesses,” said Greg Moore, AFP-NH State Director. “The President has made no secret that he will use whatever tools necessary – including bypassing the legislative process – to pass costly regulations and punitive measures like a carbon tax that threaten to kill jobs and bankrupt businesses. We encourage all of New Hampshire’s elected officials and candidates for elected office to sign the pledge.”
AFP-NH noted that Rubens has historically supported numerous cap-and-trade and climate tax strategies, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and a carbon tax, which he began his campaign for U.S. Senate promoting.
“We are encouraged by the fact that Jim Rubens appears to have come to the realization that cap-and-trade and carbon taxes will do severe damage to our economy and hurt consumers,” added Moore. “Independent analysis shows that a carbon tax would amount to the largest tax increase in American history. The last thing New Hampshire residents need as they continue to struggle to make ends meet in the down economy is a huge new tax. Using the guise of climate change to transfer dollars from hard-working citizens to bureaucratic big government is unacceptable.”
The pledge is available online at www.NoClimateTax.com. AFP does not endorse candidates. All elected officials and candidates are encouraged to sign the pledge and go on the record in opposition to using the climate change issue to increase taxes and grow the size of government.