Anchorage, Alaska. October 13, 2010 — Joe Miller, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, released the following statement today in response to pro cap and trade corporations donating money to Lisa Murkowski:
“Alaskans cannot afford to face higher energy costs; many are struggling to make ends meet as it is. Unfortunately, the misguided cap and trade legislation that Lisa Murkowski has supported will do just that. I find it troubling that cap and trade heavyweights like Duke Energy and General Electric have given money to the Murkowski campaign. The last thing our state needs is reduced employee wages and less jobs. When elected to the Senate I will fight against the national energy tax being pushed by Washington Democrats and Lisa Murkowski.”
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, a cap and trade system would force employee wages to fall and be a catalyst for job loss. Industries most affected by this tax would be oil and gas production, manufacturing, transportation and mining. Specifically for Alaska, this could affect the construction of the proposed natural gas pipeline. On her Senate website, Murkowski states, “we must look to all possible options for regulating climate change, from carbon tax to cap and trade….”
Public records indicate that Duke Energy and General Electric gave money to Lisa Murkowski. The most recent donation was only a few months ago.