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Today, Americans for Tax Reform sent a letter to U.S. Representatives regarding H.R. 1380, the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act, or NAT GAS Act. The letter encourages members to strongly oppose the legislation for its compilation of new rules, grants, and tax policies that only further skew the marketplace towards the energy sources favored by the federal government rather than consumers. An excerpt from ATR President Grover Norquist's letter:
Over the years, Congress and regulatory agencies have piled on rules and regulations in an attempt to nudge, or force, Americans to use lawmakers’ preferred energy sources. This compounding effect has skewed today’s energy market to the point where our most efficient energy sources are being phased out and replaced with unreliable, expensive alternatives.
Americans for Tax Reform believes that an energy market which most benefits consumers is one largely absent of government intervention. In order to achieve this goal, conservatives must begin peeling back the numerous duplicative regulations and laws that facilitate or impeded certain types of energy. Unfortunately, HR 1380 takes the opposite approach instead piling more rules, grants, and tax policies onto America’s already encumbered energy sector.
Congresspersons with a desire to cut taxes, a sentiment all Republicans should have, should not feel compelled to support HR 1380. There are any number of tax cuts which would reduce the government’s burden on Americans while not distorting our energy markets.