GOP Can't Pick A Number On Cap-And-Trade

May 19, 2009 3:41 pm ET

In a blog post on May 18, 2009, Rep. Jason Chaffetz said: "The Left obviously does not want taxpayers to know the real cost of the tax-and-trade scheme." However, Republicans have claimed, over the course of five days, that cap-and-trade could cost $1,500, $2,200, $3,000, and $3,100, as opposed to the $150 estimate released by the Environmental Protection Agency.  It would seem that it is those on the Right who don't want people to know the true cost of cap-and-trade.

Republicans Give Four Different Cap-And-Trade Numbers Over The Course Of Five Days

Rep. Cliff Stearns: "With our nation struggling through the worst economic crisis in over 70 years, the majority should not risk further economic damage by quickly forcing through this committee a hastily crafted and incomplete carbon emissions mitigation scheme that essentially amounts to a $1,500 energy tax on every family in America." [, 5/18/09; emphasis added]

Republican Study Committee: "Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will begin its markup on the Democrats National Energy Tax legislation. If you oppose $3,000 in new taxes for every American family, please let your representative know that American cannot afford this job-killing legislation." [Republican Study Committee, 5/18/09; emphasis added]

Rep. Don Manzullo: "The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that a 'cap and tax' program will increase energy costs by as much as $2,200 per family." [The Hill, 5/14/09; emphasis added]

Rep. John Boehner: "I represent tens of thousands of rural Americans in my Ohio congressional district, and I know that saddling them with an additional $3,100 burden per family each year through a national energy tax will only make matters worse at a time when Americans are expecting far better solutions out of Washington." [Press Release, 5/19/09; emphasis added]

The EPA Estimates Cap-And-Trade Will Cost Thousands Less Than Republicans Claim

EPA: According to the Wall Street Journal: "The Environmental Protection Agency presented its analysis of the Waxman-Markey bill on Tuesday and said the contentious plan would cost households less than $150 a year.  That's a far cry from some of the dueling price tags that have been bandied about." [Wall Street Journal, 4/21/09; emphasis added]