Senate Climate Bill Called A Gas Tax

The American Power Act climate legislation by Senators Kerry and Lieberman, unveiled May 12, does have fees that oil refineries must pay, but is it a stretch to call the bill a disguised gas tax? Edmunds.com analyses American Solutions charge.

"Promoting the idea that this (climate bill) has a gas tax and increases gas taxes will be deadly effective in defeating this bill," Marc Morano, publisher of the ClimateDepot website and a former Republican Senate staffer, told the subscription-only Energy & Environment news service (CLIMATE: Conservatives aim to sink Kerry-Lieberman bill with 'gas tax' claims (05/13/2010)).

The gas-tax claim stems from the language of the climate bill that would require refiners and importers to pay a fee in order to comply with the CO2 cap-and-trade provisions of the legislation.

Leading the charge on the gas-tax claim is the group American Solutions - a rightist organization chaired by former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich - that has been at the forefront of the Republicans' recent messaging strategy on energy policy."

From American Solutions: "Senators Unveil New 1,000-Page Gas Tax":
The gas-tax claim stems from the language of the climate bill that would require refiners and importers to pay a fee in order to comply with the CO2 cap-and-trade provisions of the legislation."

Thanks to Energy & Environment

Full Story: Foes Aim False 'Gas Tax!' Claims at Kerry-Lieberman Climate Bill

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