December 14, 2011 5:51 pm ET filed under Blog
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This week's Sunday political talk shows saw a major focus on the debate over the payroll tax cut extension. On Face the Nation, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attacked President Obama and "Newt Romney" — a name for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney she came up with during Saturday's debate — over the payroll tax cut, saying there's no evidence the cut helped create jobs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the tax cut an 'emergency measure' and said it wouldn't be necessary if President Obama's "failed" policies hadn't resulted in a higher deficit and jobless rates. McConnell, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), also pushed for the Keystone Pipeline using discredited job creation numbers.
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October 06, 2010 3:52 pm ET filed under Ad Check
Nearly every word in a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad attacking Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO) manages to introduce a falsehood. In the ad, the Chamber paints health care reform as a job-killing, small-business-crushing "government takeover," even though the Affordable Care Act creates jobs, creates a new tax credit for small businesses, and leaves the private health care system intact. The ad then takes on the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act — which also creates jobs — and falsely claims that it will cost American families $2,000 per year, a wild exaggeration. Finally, contrary to the implications of the ad, the efforts of Markey and other Democrats have helped turn around an economy driven downward by the legacy of Bush-era Republican economic policies.
October 01, 2010 10:27 am ET filed under Ad Check
When California passed its Global Warming Solutions Act in 2006, it represented a turning point in the debate over clean energy and global warming. For once, it seemed, economic innovation and environmental stewardship triumphed over Big Oil and corporate greed. Today, however, those same oil giants are fighting round two by bankrolling the "Yes on 23" campaign in favor of a proposition repealing the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Not surprisingly, a new "Yes on 23" television ad is full of falsehoods, misrepresentations, and lies.
August 23, 2010 3:11 pm ET filed under Blog
July 07, 2010 3:07 pm ET filed under Ad Check
Former Rep. Rob Portman, the current GOP candidate for Senate in Ohio, is lying about Democrat-sponsored clean energy policy in a new ad. The ad parrots the main Republican talking point on energy policy: that any effort to put a price on pollution amounts to a job-killing national tax on anyone who flips a light switch. In fact, House Democrats passed a bill last year that would create millions of jobs and cost families "less than a postage stamp a day," and the American Power Act pending in the Senate would hold polluters accountable and start reducing our dependence on foreign oil. On top of Portman's lies, his ad asks voters to read his energy proposal. Unfortunately for Ohioans, the "Portman Plan on Energy" is based on bad science and full of bad policy.
July 02, 2010 1:44 pm ET filed under Blog
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June 21, 2010 10:54 am ET filed under Fact Check
On Sunday, Republicans struggled to deflect attention from Rep. Joe Barton's (R-TX) ridiculous apology to BP. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ludicrously suggested that President Obama has taken so much money from BP that he is more likely than the GOP to side with Big Oil — which has given Republicans $188 million since 1990. McConnell and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) each claimed that Barton's comments are not the Republican position, but the 114-member Republican Study Committee has expressed similar concerns. Elsewhere, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) proved that she doesn't understand the basics of cap-and-trade by calling that system of economic incentives a "command-and-control type of system."
June 15, 2010 3:51 pm ET filed under Blog
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June 14, 2010 10:11 am ET filed under Fact Check
On Sunday, Carly Fiorina advanced her Senate campaign with a series of false Republican talking points about border security and her own background. Fiorina misrepresented her tenure at Hewlett-Packard, and lied about President Obama's funding for border security and the recently-departed head of the Minerals Management Service. House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence called the Obama administration's handling of the gulf oil disaster "slow." A timeline shows that claim is false. And since it wouldn't be Sunday without a Republican voice misrepresenting the Recovery Act, Rep. Pence pretended the package did not cut taxes (it did) and that it is not turning the economy around (it is).
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May 13, 2010 2:28 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On May 12, 2010, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) unveiled clean energy legislation that will create jobs, increase security, and put America on the path to energy independence. At a time marked by economic uncertainty and threats to our safety, the American Power Act provides the solutions we need.
April 22, 2010 10:49 am ET filed under Blog
April 22, 2010 10:36 am ET filed under Fact Check
Promoting a new book, the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Chris Horner has written a series of blog posts on conservative websites. Each one cites a cap-and-trade cost estimate snatched from a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents recovered analyzed a policy not included in any clean energy bill proposed in Congress, rendering them meaningless. In fact, CEI's claims were widely debunked in September 2009.
April 19, 2010 2:12 pm ET filed under Fact Check
During the Tax Day protests in Washington, Dick Armey's FreedomWorks passed out misleading fliers lying to Tea Partiers about clean energy legislation. Despite FreedomWorks' false claims, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.