Kay Hagan’s Carbon Tax Would Destroy Up To 67,000 N.C. Jobs


Raleigh, N.C. – Kay Hagan has supported a carbon tax that would cause gas prices and utility bills to skyrocket, while destroying up to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina over the next ten years.

But with Election Day quickly approaching, Hagan is now backtracking from her fringe, anti-energy positions and denies that she ever supported the carbon tax. But Hagan’s record is clear: she has been a long-time proponent of taxing carbon emissions.

In March 2013, Hagan voted against a bipartisan amendment that would have prevented the implementation of a carbon tax.

  • “To create a point of order against legislation that would create a Federal tax or fee on carbon emissions.” (S.Amdt. 261 To S.Con.Res. 8, Roll Call #59: Motion Rejected 53-46-1, 3/22/13, Hagan Voted Nay)

Three years earlier, Hagan co-signed a letter to Harry Reid demanding action to curb greenhouse emissions, citing a need to make companies “pay through a price” on carbon emissions. Hagan has never clarified whether she was specifically referring to a carbon tax, a cap and trade system, or a combination of the two.

  • ‘We believe the scale of this challenge dictates the need for a comprehensive solution that includes making polluters pay through a price on greenhouse gas emissions,’ wrote Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Roland Burris of Illinois, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Ted Kaufmann of Delaware, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Udall of Colorado, Tom Udall of New Mexico and Mark Warner of Virginia.” (Darren Samuelsohn, “Goodwin Says No To Cap On Emissions,” Politico, 7/16/10)

A recent National Association of Manufacturers study found that Hagan’s carbon tax would be a complete disaster for North Carolina:

  • Gas prices would rise more than 20 cents per gallon the first year the carbon tax is implemented.
  • The cost of natural gas would skyrocket 40 percent in the first year.
  • Utility bills would spike 16 percent in the first year.
  • In ten years, 57,000 to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina would be destroyed as a result.

“Kay Hagan voted against stopping a carbon tax that would cause utility bills to skyrocket and destroy up to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina,” said Tillis for U.S. Senate spokeswoman Meghan Burris. “But now in an election-year, Hagan is attempting to deceive voters by denying that she ever supported a carbon tax. It’s time for her to stop the political games and explain to North Carolinians why she chose the fringe agenda of her special interest allies at the expense of  middle-class families.”  

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