December 3, 2012

Dear Senator:

On behalf of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and millions of taxpayers nationwide, I urge you to support Sen. Vitter’s (R-La.) resolution opposing a carbon tax. With a wide range of special spending interests advocating for a carbon tax, it is important to show that elected Republicans explicitly, unambiguously oppose a carbon tax.

Increasing federal spending by nearly a trillion dollars annually, Democrats have spent the past four years creating enormous debt and deficits. Democrats and appropriators are now looking for ways to fund their large government.

Opening a new revenue stream for Congress would increase Americans’ tax burden over time. The creation of any new tax such as a VAT or energy tax – even if originally passed with offsetting tax reductions elsewhere – would inevitably lead to higher taxes as two taxes would be at the disposal of politicians to increase. Two smaller tapeworms are not an improvement over one big tapeworm. Tapeworms and taxes grow.

Proving that the government will spend every dollar it can get its hands on, Obamacare represents a $1 trillion tax increase over 2013-2022. And now we are told that Americans are under taxed and that the government needs even more money.

The answer to America’s deficit problem is not higher or new taxes, it is to reduce government spending.

A “carbon tax” would hit every single American. Americans’ utility bills would increase, the price of gasoline would rise, and since nearly every product we consume requires energy, everyday expenses would similarly increase.

It is for these reasons that I urge you to support Sen. Vitter’s resolution opposing a carbon tax.


Grover Norquist

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