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October 28th, 2010

LEGACY OF DEAFNESS: Braley Didn’t Listen When He Voted to Kill Jobs and Raise Utility Costs with Cap-and-Trade

Liberal Democrat incumbent Bruce Braley voted for a national energy tax that would kill jobs in Eastern Iowa and stick middle-class Iowa families with substantially higher utility bills in the middle of the worst economic recession in a generation.

The cap-and-trade energy plan passed the House of Representatives in June 2009 with Braley’s enthusiastic support, but it stalled in the Senate. The legislation imposes limits on carbon emissions that would drive up the costs of energy production, which would be passed onto consumers in the form of higher utility bills.  The cap-and-trade scheme would drive up energy bills in Iowa by an estimated 20 to 25 percent.

The legislation would hit especially hard in Midwestern states like Iowa that depend heavily on coal for energy, driving jobs out of the state by the thousands.

Ben Lange, the rising conservative candidate in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, has pushed for a comprehensive energy policy in the United States that invests in conservation strategies, renewable energy and expanded energy exploration in the United States.  Lange strongly opposes any tax scheme that will kill jobs and drive up costs for middle-class Iowans.

“Braley’s support of cap-and-trade is a brazen example of a representative who stopped listening to those who elected him,” Lange said.  “The people of Iowa wanted nothing to do with a cap-and-trade tax scheme that will kill Iowa jobs and drive up utility costs.  But Braley, the consummate Washington politician, voted for it anyway. The American people are ready to put our economy back on track, but Braley and Pelosi are standing in the way with their job-killing agenda.”

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