teamAt a press conference this morning, a number of business and interest groups announced the formation of a new coalition to oppose cap-and-trade public policy. The No Cap-and-Trade Coalition says it will kick-off its campaign with a new advertisement and website (

The website includes a petition that visitors can sign to express their opposition to the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill and the United Nation’s proposed climate treaty expected to be debated in Copenhagen this December. The group is also bringing a localized educational program to areas of the state, featuring the new global warming documentary film, “Not Evil, Just Wrong.”

The coalition’s website also includes a campaign to boycott 20 organizations that are supporting cap-and-trade. Companies that are part of the boycott include Starbucks, The Gap, e-Bay, Levi’s and Nike amongst others.

The No Cap-and-Trade Coalition consists of several non-partisan, non-profit Minnesota organizations who are concerned about the devastating impact a cap-and-trade scheme could have on American families and the faltering US economy. “We need energy to turn things around,” explained Linda Runbeck of the Minnesota Free Market institute, “a massive new tax on energy is the last thing we need right now. Cap-and-trade would be destructive to our economy.”

At the onset, cap-and-trade is projected to cost the average family over $1,700 per year in new energy costs, growing to over $6,000 per year by 2035. Independent analyses of cap-and-trade proposals project the loss of millions of additional jobs and trillions of dollars out of the nation’s GDP. “Cap-and-trade is a huge tax on everything,” said Minnesota Majority president Jeff Davis.

3 Responses to “New Coalition Formed to Combat Cap-and-Trade Schemes”
  1. Good to see such a coalition…
    Cap and Trade is wrong for everyone,
    whether or not one believes that action is needed to specifically
    reduce CO2 emissions
    Emission Trading (Cap and Trade)
    Basic Idea — Offsets — Tree Planting —
    International Trade: Manufacture Shift — Fair Trade — Surreal Market
    — Allowances: Auctions + Hand-Outs — Allowance Trading —
    Companies: Business Stability + Cost — In Conclusion

    As it happens,
    if there is to be an emission policy,
    Electricity and Transport sectors alone (80% of emissions) are
    sufficient to meet emission reduction targets,
    with measures advantageous in themselves (including energy
    renewability, and that emissions contain much else, whatever about
    long term funded for reduced consumer price impact,
    without efficiency regulations, industrial carbon taxes or cap and trade schemes

  2. Greg says:

    I don’t believe that human activity is a significant cause of climate fluctuation. There is far too much historic evidense that proves otherwise. That said, your boycot lost me when I saw Ford, Chrysler and GM on the list, but not Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Volkswagon, etc. You can’t convince me that these non-American companies aren’t for this because their home countries allready support all this crap. By separating the three U.S. automakers you are just putting one more dagger in the heart of these companies that create jobs for countless Americans and have paid a ton of taxes over the years.

    • Dan McGrath says:

      Foreign car companies are not involved in advocating domestic cap and trade as far as I know. Anyway, I wouldn’t have bought GM or Chrysler because of the bailouts. At least Ford stood on it’s own two feet. It’s unfortunate that they chose to go down the cap and trade path.

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