Three Years Ago Today: If Berkley Had Her Way, Nevadans Would Be Paying Even More for Energy
(Las Vegas, NV) – Just three years ago today, Shelley Berkley voted to raise a national energy tax on families and businesses in Nevada. As usual, she voted for the tax – which President Obama said is specifically designed to force gas prices higher – at the bidding of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi.
“Three years ago today, Shelley Berkley chose to drive gas prices higher. She thought it would be a good idea to force families to pay 50 percent more for heating and air-conditioning. According to seven-term Congresswoman Berkley, the best that Washington could do was force Nevada families and businesses to pay for a far-left scheme that no one wanted, except Washington insiders and special interests.
“Unfortunately for Nevada, Shelley Berkley hasn’t changed. Just last week, she sided with environmental groups and voted against creating jobs in Lyon County – where unemployment is at 15 percent. Considering her long record voting for the stimulus, ObamaCare, and the Wall Street bailout, seven-term Congresswoman Berkley has shown time and again that she has no problems with big government at the expense of Nevadans,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
Shelley Berkley voted for a national energy tax that would increase costs of gasoline, heating oil and other energy for families:
[list type="arrow"] [li] · Called the “Waxman-Markey” cap and trade bill, this legislation would impose a national energy sales tax that would harm families across Nevada. (House Vote 477, H.R. 2454, Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Passage; June 26, 2009) [/li] [/list]
Consequences for Nevada Families and Businesses:
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· Increase Gas Prices by 26% by 2030.
· Increase Electricity Prices 50% by 2030.
· Destroy 2.4 Million Jobs.
(“State-by-State Analysis of Waxman-Market Cap and Trade Legislation Paints Dour Picture for Nation’s Economy,” National Association of Manufacturers, 8/12/2009)
President Obama said the Cap and Trade plan is designed to force prices to skyrocket:
“ ‘Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,’ Obama told the Chronicle. ‘Coal-powered plans, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plans were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”
(Catherine Richert, “Pence Claims that Obama said Energy Costs Will Skyrocket with a Cap-and-Trade Plan,” PolitiFact.com, 6/11/2009)