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Wilson: “We should explore, innovate, and conserve; not tax and eliminate jobs.”

May 19, 2009


May 19, 2009

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Wilson: “We should explore, innovate, and conserve; not tax and eliminate jobs.”

*To View Congressman Wilson’s Floor Speech Click Here*

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives today underlining the dangers of a national energy tax on American families and businesses.

“Mr. Speaker, it is troubling that with so many other strategies to move our country to a cleaner energy future, there are still some advocating that we impose a national energy tax. This tax will attack the budgets of American families costing an extra $3,000 each year, and it will drive businesses and the jobs they create overseas. The Administration and Democrat Congress, who claim to be opposed to the off-shoring of American jobs, are encouraging companies to leave America.

“This nation does not need to impose new taxes on its citizens to achieve the common goal of a clean energy future. We have the natural resources here that can provide the revenue and the bridge to that future. We have the scientists and entrepreneurs that will create the next generation of energy resources. And, we have the citizens who understand the benefit to their lives and to their budgets of commonsense conservation. We should explore, innovate, and conserve; not tax and eliminate jobs.

“In conclusion, God bless our troops, and we will never forget September 11th in the Global War on Terrorism.”

A bipartisan group of members including Congressman Wilson recently introduced H.R. 2227, the American Conservation and Clean Energy Independence Act which would allow for the production of American oil and natural gas, invest in alternative energy sources, and promote conservation. It would not raise taxes on American families. For a summary of the legislation, please click here.


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