Emissions Tax: What 2012 Presidential Hopefuls Are Saying

"This kind of mandatory energy policy would have a horrible impact on this nation's job market. I never did support and never would support it - period." - Blog post, Dec. 15, 2010

Huckabee denies that he supported cap and trade as a presidential candidate in 2007, arguing recently that he would have supported such a move if companies volunteered for it, but he never supported enforcing it on U.S. businesses.

Tim Pawlenty

Tim Pawlenty

Minnesota Governor

Opinion: Flipped

"Come on Congress. Let's get moving. Cap greenhouse gas pollution now." - Radio ad, 2007

"I think cap-and-trade would be a ham-fisted, unhelpful, damaging thing to the economy. ... It's misguided. I made the mistake. I admit it. I'm not trying to be cute about it. I just come out and tell you it was a mistake." - Laura Ingraham show, March 28, 2011

Pawlenty recorded a radio ad for the Environmental Defense Fund with then-Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano pushing Congress to cap greenhouse gas pollution. Pawlenty said this week that his support of the 2007 renewable energy legislation was a mistake.

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann

Representative from Minnesota

Opinion: Against

"The underlying bill represents the tyranny and intervention of the federal government." - June 28, 2009

The feisty Tea Party supporter argued that imposing a cap-and-trade policy would put the United States at an economic disadvantage, and increase costs for Americans. She has also argues against the harmful benefits of carbon dioxide. Bachmann is on the League of Conservation Voters' list of worst environmental offenders.

Haley Barbour

Haley Barbour

Mississippi Governor

Opinion: Against

"The cap and trade tax, the $81 billion of tax increases on the oil and gas industry contained in the president's budget and the Waxman-Markey renewable energy standard would all drive up costs and drive down economic growth." - Statement before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, July 7, 2009.

Barbour, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration's energy agenda, has said that cap and trade would make manufacturers less competitive, drive up the cost of heating and cooling homes and boost already-high gas prices. He has also warned against the involvement of international actors in the U.S. industry, namely China, who he argues could invest heavily in carbon dioxide emissions permits instead of U.S. treasuries.

Mitch Daniels

Mitch Daniels

Indiana Governor

Opinion: Against

The Waxman-Markey bill "quite simply, it looks like imperialism. This bill would impose enormous taxes and restrictions on free commerce by wealthy but faltering powers." - Wall Street Journal op-ed, May 15, 2009.

The fiery Republican governor is a staunch opponent of the Democrats' and Obama administration's cap-and-trade proposals, saying it would put Indiana residents at a disadvantage and cost jobs nationally. "It stands no chance of achieving its objective of a cooler earth," Daniels said in 2009. He's touted Indiana's energy policy as a model for the country.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Former Alaska Governor, 2008 GOP Vice Presidential Candidate

Opinion: Against

"Job losses are so certain under this new cap-and-tax plan that it includes a provision accommodating newly unemployed workers from the resulting dried-up energy sector, to the tune of $4.2 billion over eight years." - Washington Post op-ed, July 14, 2009.

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