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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

REP. JENKINS: A CARBON TAX ISN’T THE ANSWER

July 19, 2018
Press Release
“A carbon tax is an attack on the welfare of all Americans”

WASHINGTON – In a speech on the House floor, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) urged his colleagues to support a resolution disapproving of a carbon tax. 

“Simply put, a carbon tax is an attack on the welfare of all Americans, especially on seniors and families on fixed incomes,” Rep. Jenkins said on the House floor. “A vote in support of this rule and resolution is a vote supporting the hard-working men and women of West Virginia and Americans who make this country great.” 

The House voted today to pass H. Con. Res. 119, a resolution disapproving of a carbon tax. The resolution passed 229 - 180.

To watch Rep. Jenkins’ speech on the House floor, please click here.

The full remarks are below.

“I rise today with my colleagues, as you've heard just a moment ago, in support of H. Con. Resolution 119. Which sends a strong message that a carbon tax would be devastating to the economy of the United States and especially to my district in West Virginia. 

“I am so proud to have co-sponsored this resolution, along with the leadership of Majority Whip Scalise for his strong and powerful work on this important issue. 

“West Virginia’s a coal state. Unapologetic. Our coal miners and coal communities suffered greatly under the prior administration of Barack Obama, and that administration's anti-coal policies. But now, thanks to, yes, to my -- minority members, president trump, thanks to president trump, West Virginia, we have hope for a better future. 

“West Virginia’s the second largest producer of coal in the country. Between January and March of this year, mines in southern West Virginia produced over 12 million short tons of coal. A signal that the president's policies are having a positive impact on the people of my state. 

“When miners are put to work in West Virginia, the state's economy flourishes. Check this out. West Virginia 's 2017 gross domestic product growth rate was one of the highest rates in the entire country. What a game changer for West Virginia. And it shows that the president economic policies are working for everyday Americans. 

“A carbon tax would undo many of these good economic results and would increase expenses for everyday Americans, including increasing power rates and the costs of groceries. A bad idea. A carbon tax is a bad idea. Wages could fall as much as 8.5 percent for American workers and our manufacturers could see production be halted by as much as 15 percent, stifling our economic recovery.  

“Simply put, a carbon tax is an attack on the welfare of all Americans, especially on seniors and families on fixed incomes. A vote in support of this rule and resolution is a vote supporting the hard-working men and women of West Virginia and Americans who make this country great.”