Ron Paul Signs “No Climate Tax Pledge”

The Texas chapter of the free-market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP-TX) today applauded U.S. Representative Ron Paul (14th District) for signing the group’s “No Climate Tax Pledge.” By doing so, Paul pledges to “oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”

Over 150 lawmakers on the federal, state and local levels have the signed the pledge. Rep. Paul joins other Texas signers U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, Ralph Hall, Pete Olson and John Carter, as well as State Representatives Dan Flynn, Leo Berman and Phil King.

“The one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn’t be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses,” said AFP-TX State Director Peggy Venable. “We encourage all of Texas’ elected officials and candidates for elected office to sign the pledge.”

Proposed cap-and-trade legislation on the federal level, introduced by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John Warner (R-VA), is scored by the Congressional Budget Office as a net revenue increase of $1.2 trillion within just the first 7 years the bill is in effect.

“Using the guise of climate change to transfer dollars from hard-working citizens to bureaucratic big government is unacceptable,” said Venable. “Regardless of their stance on global warming, this should be common ground for all of our elected officials at all levels of government.”

The pledge is available online at 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.

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