David Ratowitz Signs AFP’s “No Climate Tax” Pledge

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“Cap and Trade is a disaster that will sacrifice jobs and increase energy costs.”

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oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.

U.S. House candidate David Ratowitz (IL-5) has signed Americans for Prosperity’s “No Climate Tax Pledge," vowing to “oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.” He is one of only 13 Illinois state or federal candidates to take the pledge to date and the sole signer in his 5th District race.

“Whether or not one accepts climate change theory, Cap and Trade is a disaster that will sacrifice jobs and increase energy costs here in Illinois and in the 5th District, all without beneficial effect on emissions,” explains Ratowitz.

“Even if we assume that carbon emissions contribute to potentially catastrophic changes in climate, how can we justify a barter system that essentially incentivizes ‘polluters’ to resist lowering carbon emission standards in order to avoid costly fines while incentivizing ‘clean companies’ to likewise resist lowering emission standards to avoid losing their valuable carbon credits?" Ratowitz questions.

"Instead of imposing regulatory schemes designed to reward an elite class of political supporters while destroying jobs and increasing the cost of energy with no environmental improvement, I advocate eliminating federal regulations that prevent development of new and and better technologies.”

“The one thing elected officials should all be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn’t be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses,” said AFP-IL State Director Joe Calomino said in a press release congratulating Ratowitz.

Entrepreneur, Army veteran and conservative activist David Ratowitz is running for U.S. Congress to represent Illinois’ 5th Congressional District. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the February 2, 2010, primary election. Ratowitz's endorsements include Tax Accountability, the political action arm of National Taxpayers United of Illinois. The Ratowitz for Congress campaign platform supports limited government, fiscal discipline and accountability, free markets and individual liberty.

Learn more about David Ratowitz at his campaign website. Phone 773.897.5800.

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