Rep. Broun: "People Are Gonna Die" Because Of Clean Energy Legislation

June 11, 2010 10:09 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Almost a year ago, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) helped set the tone in the fight for health care reform when he declared that the public option would "kill people." In March, as the bill neared passage, Broun made headlines again by equating reform with the "Great War of Yankee Aggression." Earlier this week, Broun adopted similar rhetoric to argue against clean energy legislation.  Broun, who believes that global warming is a "hoax," said in a floor speech on Wednesday night that if Congress passes a clean energy bill "people are gonna die."

BROUN: A lot of old people in Georgia and Florida and all out throughout the southeast and the southwest are dependent on air conditioning just to live.  And if their electricity bills go sky high, as the energy tax is gonna make it happen, if that ever passes there are a lot of people that can't afford to run their air conditioning any more and a lot of people are gonna have a hard time with hyperthermia is what I call it — what we call it in medicine as a medical doctor — which means that their body temperature's gonna go up, they're gonna have dehydration, and people are gonna have a lot of problems.  And it's gonna have a greater impact on our health care system and people are gonna die because of that.  But it's gonna kill jobs too. 


In fact, recent analyses show that clean energy legislation — like the American Power Act — would create millions of jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil at a minimal cost to consumers.  For example, the Peterson Institute for International Economics found that the average household would see "between a $136 increase and a $35 dollar decrease in annual energy expenditures."