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An Open Letter to Representative Minnick: Oppose Cap-and-Trade Tax Hike!

June 18, 2009

The Honorable Walt Minnick
United States House of Representatives
1517 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Minnick:

On behalf of the thousands of Idahoans represented by the undersigned organizations, we urge you to oppose H.R. 2454, the Waxman-Markey "American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009." This "cap-and- trade" system constitutes a mammoth tax hike and would crush our already-ailing economy.

H.R. 2454 would constitute a massive new tax heaped on top of existing burdens. Capping emissions and requiring entities to purchase additional allowances from the federal government will lead to an explosion in revenue. President Obama's own aides have admitted that it could drain as much as $2 trillion from hard-working Americans.

This is a burden that would fall most heavily upon the least fortunate among us, many of whom are struggling without the imposition of such a tax. Poor American families spend 26 percent of their income paying for energy, compared to just 4 percent for the median family. Given that Idahoans currently pay the lowest electricity prices in the nation, it is unconceivable that you would place unwarranted strain on families trying to make ends meet during these difficult economic times. H.R. 2454 would increase taxes to the tune of $3,100 on every American family and raise their annual energy bills by $1,500. And while Idaho is experiencing 7 percent unemployment, you should know that, when fully phased in, H.R. 2454 would place an additional $100 billion per year tax on American businesses and would destroy an average of 1,105,000 jobs per year; hardly a way to get our economy back on track.

If Congress deems carbon dioxide emissions to be a problem worthy of attention, then it should confront them without raising taxes on struggling American families in the process. If you do not support enacting the largest tax hike in history, which would be the unavoidable consequence of Waxman-Markey, then I urge you to sign the simple pledge attached to this letter which states that you will oppose any climate change legislation that would lead to a net increase in revenue. Only by signing such a pledge can one claim to protect taxpayers.

Again, we urge you to defend hard-working Idahoans and oppose H.R. 2454, the Waxman-Markey cap- and-trade bill.

Sincerely,

Duane Parde
National Taxpayers Union

Brian M. Johnson
Alliance for Worker Freedom

Susan A. Carleson
American Civil Rights Union

Tim Phillips
Americans for Prosperity

Grover Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform

Dan Varroney
American Solutions

Jeffrey Mazzella
Center for Individual Freedom

Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum

Max Pappas
FreedomWorks

Mario H. Lopez
Hispanic Leadership Fund

Karen Kerrigan
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council

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