GOP leaders sign Americans for Prosperity pledge

By Laurie Bennett

November 16, 2012 at 1:32pm

There is much discussion these days about a Republican pivot.

Moderates hoping for a return to the center shouldn’t get too comfortable.

While Grover Norquist and his no-tax pledge may be losing support among congressional Republicans, a newer, more insidious group is getting greater attention.

Americans for Prosperity, a Tea Party group relying on cash from the billionaire Koch brothers, announced a different pledge on Thursday.

It’s called the “No Climate Tax” pledge and it has been signed by House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and other GOP leaders.

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

Environmental regulations have long troubled Charles and David Koch, who own Koch Industries, an oil and gas company. One way of combatting the EPA, of course, is to block funding.

For the time being, Americans for Prosperity may have an unlikely ally in the White House.

At a press conference Wednesday, President Obama voiced concern about global warming, but expressed a reluctance to push green policies during an economic downturn.

“There’s no doubt that for us to take on climate change in a serious way would involve making some tough political choices,” he said.

“I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody is going to go for that. I won’t go for that.”

Not quite a signature for the “No Climate Tax” pledge, but not a ringing endorsement of environmental activism, either.

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