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Rep. Larsen wrong on jobs issue

I recently received an email from Congressman Rick Larsen explaining his vote in favor of the cap and trade bill: the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454). He emphatically states that for him, “This issue boils down to three words: Washington state jobs.” He then goes on to claim that the cap and trade bill is an “economic engine” that will “create millions of new jobs.”

Truth and facts tell us otherwise. The Heritage Foundation's senior policy analyst for energy and environment recently set the record straight. Instead of creating jobs as Rep. Larsen asserts, the bill is actually projected to cause 1.15 million net job losses between 2012 and 2030.

Rep. Larsen claims that the bill “works for local families worried about the high cost of paying their heating bills and filling up the gas tank…,” but in reality, Heritage estimates that the direct costs alone of the bill will be an average of $829 per year for a household of four, and $2,979 per year when considering the indirect expenses of allocations and offsets.

Congressman Larsen claims credit for working on local issues in the bill, focused on jobs. For example, he supports a provision to help protect jobs at Alcoa's Ferndale smelter “by giving them the emissions allowances they need to continue doing business here in the Unites States.” So Rep. Larsen says the bill creates jobs, but then immediately tells us how he had to support an anti-environmental provision to protect local jobs the bill would otherwise destroy. What about the other one million net jobs that will be lost?

I urge voters to look past Rep. Larsen’s false rhetoric and remember instead the negative impact his vote will have on the economic viability of our families if the bill eventually passes the Senate and is signed into law. Please contact our senators to express your concern that this bill will tax your family in already tough economic times and result in overall unacceptable net losses of jobs. Perhaps they will have the courage and character to overturn Rep. Larsen’s unwise vote, and put cap and trade to rest.

Tim Geist

Oak Harbor

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