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Consumer Alert! A few House Republicans have introduced a bill that would immediately hike gas and electricity costs for all American families, manufacturers, and businesses.
The bill, introduced by Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and co-sponsored by Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-8) and Francis Rooney (FL-19), would implement an economy-wide carbon tax, raising gas prices and increasing energy expenses for American families.  It would also create a new tax on many of the imported goods we rely on, but that’s not all.
The carbon tax would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to determine which manufacturers must pay the tax, giving the federal government power to pick winners and losers in the market and creating extreme regulatory uncertainty. All this with little or no benefit to the environment. But where’s our money from the new tax revenue going? That’s up to the federal government too.
We need your help to fight against the carbon tax! Tell your Representative that a carbon tax would be detrimental to all Americans!

What They're Saying in the Media

Carbon Tax Proposal Would Drive Up Transportation Costs For Consumers

November 5, 2018

The open-ended Curbelo carbon tax will continue to rise right along with Washington’s unquenchable desire to spend. This is not good policy, and it’s disappointing to see Republican sponsor misguided legislation. Congress rightfully rejected earmark spending nearly a decade ago. Congress should also reject Rep. Curbelo’s carbon tax.

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Reevaluate the Carbon Tax

Florida has enjoyed historic growth over the past two years thanks, in part, to policies put in place by the current Congress and administration. But a new energy tax proposal, co-sponsored by Congressman Francis Rooney, goes against the conservative approach that has led to the booming economy.

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Guest opinion: Protect Utahns and our economy, oppose a carbon tax

November 4, 2018

There is no such thing as a “free-market” carbon tax. Utahans have a proud history of supporting pro-business and small-government policies, of which a carbon tax is neither. Giving more power to Washington bureaucracy and raising our gas and electricity costs is not in our best interest.

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The myth of a cost-free carbon tax

October 31, 2018

The hidden cost — and the central purpose — of a carbon tax is that it uses prices to change the way we assess the range of possibilities before us. Are we better off with a government check in hand, but without the options we would otherwise have had?

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Rep. Rooney Should Get Back to Conservative Roots, Ditch Carbon Tax Plan

October 29, 2018

In a recent interview with the Washington Examiner, Rooney said Curbelo’s carbon tax bill was not a new tax but should be referred to as an ‘incentive program’, saying it would, “incentivize people to not burn coal, but burn natural gas, and also invest in solar and wind.”… This could not be further from the truth. If this is not a new energy tax, then how is it going to generate $700 billion in revenue over a decade, as its sponsors claim? The carbon tax bill is an energy tax plain and simple and it would immediately raise gas prices and increase the average Americans’ energy costs by $275 by 2020.

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Say No to Higher Gas and Electricity Costs

2018 Energy touches every aspect of our lives and is critical to our economy, our standard of living, and our very survival. Rep. Curbelo’s carbon tax would increase our energy prices year after year. Floridians don’t want or deserve higher energy costs, and our elected representatives shouldn’t inflict them on us.

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Cannon: A national carbon tax?

October 10, 2018

How many times have we seen the part of the “deal” that falls on taxpayers stick while the part about government doing something good for us doesn’t? We all care about the environment. We all care about air quality. And we respect those who are prepared to put forward reasonable ideas. But a carbon tax isn’t the solution to anything.

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Proposed Carbon Tax Would Crush Floridians and Our Thriving Economy

October 6, 2018

Why Rep. Rooney would support a carbon tax that creates more taxes, more regulations and more government bureaucracy is perplexing to say the least. Rep. Rooney should withdraw his support for the carbon tax legislation and get back to working on policies that will improve the lives of hard working Floridians.

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Wishful thinking about an energy tax

October 2, 2018

Empowering government to tax more industries by what they produce at the ultimate expense of consumers and our economy should serve as a giant red flag that a carbon tax is neither free-market nor conservative. This is worth pointing out just in case Al Gore’s seal of approval didn’t convince you. Channeling Mr. Gore, Mr. Curbelo claims his legislation will “save the planet,” words you’ll surely have a hard time finding in the collected speeches of Ronald Reagan.

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A carbon tax wouldn’t help the environment

September 25, 2018

The cost of utilities and gasoline would increase dramatically for all Americans. This is not a flaw of the carbon tax, but rather its explicit intent. Moreover, a carbon tax would have an outsized impact on energy-producing states like Louisiana, devastating the state’s manufacturing base and energy industry.

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Carbon tax could give liberals vast power to grow federal government

September 24, 2018

Republicans have no business backing this kind of anti-consumer, anti-business legislation. Here is a simple question for the Republican supporters of this bill: Why would you willingly inflict bigger government, more taxes and higher energy costs on your constituents? Voters in your districts might well be asking the same question come November 6.

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Americans can’t afford a carbon tax

September 11, 2018

Bad policy should always be openly debated, but bad and ineffective policy should be universally rejected. If a carbon tax can’t halt or even slow rising temperatures, why would we impose such a heavy cost on consumers and the economy?

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Carbon tax isn’t helpful

September 10, 2018

Rep. Poliquin is right in his opposition to a carbon tax and noted in a letter last month that a carbon tax is regressive and would adversely impact the most vulnerable, including, “the young, the poor, the elderly and those living on fixed incomes.”

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Commentary: Utah can’t afford a new energy tax

August 6, 2018

A carbon tax is poor public policy and the Curbelo-Fitzpatrick bill would be detrimental to our state. It would increase the cost of most kinds of energy — namely, the kinds that American families, truckers and businesses rely on every day — and would unfairly burden many unrelated industries to pay for our highway system.

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Sorry, GOP Rep. Curbelo: A Carbon Tax Is Not a Conservative Policy

July 26, 2018

A carbon tax, in contrast, is an economic depressant. It is a direct assault on investment and job creation in the mining and energy-intensive manufacturing industries, leeches hundreds of dollars annually out of household budgets, and makes the U.S. economy in general less competitive by increasing production and transportation costs.

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A carbon tax would be a costly failure

July 25, 2018

Economic realities will likely doom a carbon tax to fail. Economies are complex instruments that always defy central planners, derailing even the best-laid plans. Policymakers must steer clear of this poorly thought out proposal that will achieve little at a gargantuan cost.

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Hang onto your wallets, Floridians. Gas prices may be about to skyrocket | Opinion

July 20, 2018

The current American energy boom is ushering in a new era of economic opportunity. The U.S. is poised to become a net energy exporter — which means more American jobs, lower energy prices, and more money in families’ pocketbooks. So, I urge Congressman Curbelo to reconsider introducing a new, regressive energy tax and instead focus on policies that would boost our nation’s energy supplies and fix our infrastructure and transportation challenges.

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