In response, Food & Water Watch, Southern Region Director, Jorge Aguilar, issued the following statement:
“As a representative of Florida, especially southwest Florida, Rep. Rooney is obligated to protect his constituents and his state from climate change devastation, but instead he’s pushing a pricing scheme that will undermine efforts to stabilize the climate. Not only would it fail to properly protect Americans from the dangers of sea-level rise, storm surges, water contamination, and every other public nightmare dirty energy generates, but it would also reduce federal oversight of greenhouse gas emissions while reducing federal revenue from payroll taxes.
“A carbon tax is a false solution to climate change, no matter the iteration. Evidence actually shows an increase in electricity from fracked gas and nuclear power under carbon tax plans, making them nothing more than a hat tip to corporate polluters and a death sentence for consumers. Big Oil and Gas companies like Exxon Mobile support carbon tax schemes because they allow for business as usual.
“If the past year of environmental turmoil has taught us anything, its that we need bold and comprehensive climate solutions, not fossil fuel friendly carbon pricing schemes. Florida is ground zero for climate change and our representatives especially should understand the urgency of the situation.
“The movement to get off fossil fuels entirely and move to 100% renewable energy is gaining momentum, and this legislation is designed to undermine this progress. The only way forward is one without fossil fuels. We urge Rep. Rooney to abandon these false solutions and join us in the fight to rapidly transition off fossil fuels and to 100% clean renewable energy.”