|Arizona tea party protests cap-and-trade|
|Written by Kristin McMurray|
|Friday, 08 January 2010 12:32|
Americans for Prosperity, the Scottsdale Tea Party and FreedomWorks were there to greet 75 top executives from major utility companies during a quarterly meeting.
Signs were held that said "Crooks are running the EPA," "Carbon isn't the problem, Congress is," etc. Many of the activists said that the carbon emissions bill is as important to fight as the health care legislation.
"We're not an organization against any policy to deal with climate. We just don't want it to be an excuse for a tax increase, or an excuse for corporate welfare and we don't want the EPA seizing power over huge segments of the U.S. economy," said AFP Arizona director Tom Jenney.According to the Wall Street Journal, James Owen, a spokesman for Edison Electric, said the group’s members are collaborating with Democrats about cap-and-trade “precisely because we are concerned about managing the costs of the transition to a low-carbon economy, and we continue to believe a comprehensive bill is the best way to manage those costs." Owen went on to say that having the EPA in charge of carbon regulations could be much more costly alternative.
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