Campaign 2010

Jun 26, 2009

On Climate Change, Is It That Ken Calvert Doesn’t Know His Facts, Or Is He Lying?

In an op-ed published in today's Press-Enterprise, Representative Ken Calvert used frequently-debunked "statistics" in his effort to block progress on creating millions of green jobs by moving to a clean energy future.

 

"Either Ken Calvert simply doesn't understand the facts on climate change legislation or he's deliberately misleading his constituents about it," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Ken Calvert and his Party of No Republican cohorts are so desperate to block the progress on hundreds of thousands of green jobs that could be destined for California that they are resorting to falsehoods and misleading partisan talking points."  

 

 

Background

 

  • Calvert wrote, "Some estimates show that the bill may cost a family of four $1,870 a year in 2020 and $6,800 a year by 2035. Any way you slice it, the economy will suffer."

 

  • Calvert wrote, "The businesses that are forced to pony up this staggering sum will be left with three options: pass the cost on to consumers; move their operations overseas; or close their doors."

 

  • Calvert wrote, "[The bill] would put the United States at a severe disadvantage against countries such as China and India, which have said they will not sacrifice prosperity for energy reform.

 

  • FactCheck.org Says the Figures are Wrong: According to FactCheck.org, "Leading Republicans are claiming that President Obama's proposal to curb greenhouse gas emissions would cost households as much as $3,100 per year. The Republican National Committee calls it a 'massive national energy tax.' But the $3,100 figure is a misrepresentation of both Obama's proposal and the study from which the number is derived... If the government did use revenue from cap and trade 'to pay an equal lump-sum rebate to every household,' the CBO expert said, 'lower-income households could be better off.'" [FactCheck.org, 5/28/09]

 

  • CBO: "In The Initial Years Of The Program, The Bulk Of Allowances Would Be Distributed At No Cost." In its analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Congressional Budget Office wrote: "The incidence of the gains and losses associated with the cap-and-trade program in H.R. 2454 would vary from year to year because the distribution of the allowance value would change over the life of the program. In the initial years of the program, the bulk of allowances would be distributed at no cost to various entities that would be affected by the constraint on emissions." [CBO, 6/19/09]

 

  • Cap-And-Trade Would DECREASE Energy Prices For Low-Income Americans. In its analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Congressional Budget Office wrote, "households in the lowest income quintile would see an average net benefit of about $40 in 2020." [CBO, 6/19/09]

 

  • In 2020, Cap-And-Trade Will Only Cost An Average Of $175 Annually, "About A Postage Stamp A Day." In its analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Congressional Budget Office wrote, "On that basis, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the net annual economy wide cost of the cap-and-trade program in 2020 would be $22 billion-or about $175 per household." Rep. Edward Markey noted it was "the cost of about a postage stamp a day." [CBO, 6/19/09; House Committee on Energy & Commerce Release, 6/20/09]

 

  • CBO: "In The Initial Years Of The Program, The Bulk Of Allowances Would Be Distributed At No Cost." In its analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Congressional Budget Office wrote: "The incidence of the gains and losses associated with the cap-and-trade program in H.R. 2454 would vary from year to year because the distribution of the allowance value would change over the life of the program. In the initial years of the program, the bulk of allowances would be distributed at no cost to various entities that would be affected by the constraint on emissions." [CBO, 6/19/09]

 

  • Cap-And-Trade Would DECREASE Energy Prices For Low-Income Americans. In its analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the Congressional Budget Office wrote, "households in the lowest income quintile would see an average net benefit of about $40 in 2020." [CBO, 6/19/09]

 

  • Investing $150 billion in clean energy will create a net gain of 1.7 million jobs and improve opportunities for low-income families.  The clean energy jobs plan includes critical protection measures for American workers and businesses to prevent the shifting of jobs to other countries. [Center for American Progress]

 

 

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