JobKeeper Alliance Statement on President Obama’s Climate Agenda

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JobKeeper Alliance strongly opposes President Obama’s plan to sidestep congress and use his executive power to impose new regulations on existing power plants. The plan he outlined promises to be an unprecedented government overreach that will kill countless jobs. This policy shift will turn the war on coal in to the war on working families, and it could not have come at a worse time. Our economy is still struggling to replace the jobs lost during the Great Recession, and we cannot afford another setback.

The President’s climate agenda is simply cap-and-trade by another name. It is a policy that he admitted would cause energy costs to “necessarily skyrocket” during a 2008 meeting with the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board. (view the video) The ripple effect caused by rising energy costs will negatively impact all aspects of our economy. Higher energy costs will ultimately be passed onto the consumer as an ad hoc energy tax added to the price of all domestically produced goods and services. Even worse, it will actually penalize U.S. manufacturing companies by making it harder for them to compete against foreign made products.

Environmental activist groups have promised to defend the President’s misguided climate agenda. The odds may be against us, but we must aggressively fight to protect working families and the jobs they depend on.