A letter, signed by 75 conservative groups was sent to Congress on Monday, stating that the undersigned opposed together “any carbon tax.”
“Dear Members of Congress,
“We oppose any carbon tax. A carbon tax raises the cost of heating your home in the winter and cooling your home in the summer. It raises the cost of filling your car,” the letter read. “A carbon tax increases the cost of everything Americans buy and lowers Americans’ effective take home pay. A carbon tax increases the power, cost, and intrusiveness of the government in our lives.”
This letter was sent just days after Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney voiced his opinion about potentially supporting a carbon tax bill. While the letter is not specifically pointed at Romney, it is a warning shot to Republicans that they won’t stand for their party’s representatives backing this kind of initiative.
“Taxes have never been my intent, but we’ll see what he has to say,” Romney said according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I would very much like to see us reduce our carbon emissions globally, and we’ll see if this might help.”
The DCNF reported that only a few Republican lawmakers have backed the tax but that the lobby has been growing in recent years, in an effort to combat global warming.
“Big corporations, including oil and gas companies, have increasingly embraced a carbon tax. Exact proposals vary, but supporters often push carbon taxes in exchange for tax cuts elsewhere, fewer regulations or a liability shield against climate change lawsuits,” the DCNF reported.
However, Romney’s comments were not well received by almost any conservative group, one of which spoke out against the Republican from Utah.
Dan Kish, distinguished senior fellow at the Institute for Energy Research (IER), told The Daily Caller News Foundation, “It isn’t surprising that a man with a car elevator in his garage would consider supporting a tax that would hurt the working man while benefiting the money changers in the financial temples of Wall Street.”