Responding to the most recent findings by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office indicating that the Waxman-Markey Clean Energy Bill will cost American families only a postage stamp a day, House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is changing up his strategy on attacking the bill, with guidance by The Heritage Foundation.
With the CBO and EPA findings backing energy reform opponents into a corner on the household cost argument, Heritage is arming conservatives with a new strategy — smearing Waxman-Markey as a job killer:
An analysis of the Waxman-Markey bill (as reported out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce) by The Heritage Foundation found that unemployment will increase by nearly 2 million in 2012, the first year of the program, and reach nearly 2.5 million in 2035, the last year of the analysis.
After Heritage’s report was issued on Thursday, GOP Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) held a press conference to push the think tank’s job killer claims:
This bill will also cost 2.3 million to 2.7 million Americans their jobs. That’s because high energy industries, like the steel- making industry, won’t be located in the United States anymore.
Watch Boehner’s briefing here:
With the House debating the American Clean Energy & Security Act today, other opponents of reform can be expected to follow Heritage’s lead. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) already spoke on the House floor this morning, saying “there’s a lot of debate about what this bill will cost the average American household, from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars, but there actually is no debate over the fact that this legislation will cost millions of American jobs.”
A report by the Center for American Progress shows that investing $150 billion in clean energy will create an estimated 1.7 million new jobs — three times more jobs than a similar investment in fossil fuels. In Boehner’s home state alone, 67,356 new jobs would be created by a clean energy economy. This interactive map shows how many green jobs could be created in each state by Waxman-Markey.