Deeds Takes Fire From Gingrich Group
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds is under fire in a full-page newspaper ad in Charlottesville that demands that he take a stand on a federal energy bill that could come up for a vote on Capitol Hill today.
The ad was paid for by American Solutions for Winning the Future, an organization founded and led by former House speaker Newt Gingrich. The group launched a major media campaign this week to defeat the federal bill, which it terms a "national energy tax."
Click here to view the ad.
Deeds spokesman Jared Leopold dismissed the criticism as the work of partisan Republicans operating on behalf of Deeds' opponent, Republican Bob McDonnell.
"Bob McDonnell might want to inform his National Republican attack dogs that he and Creigh Deeds aren't running for the U.S. Congress," Leopold said. "Creigh Deeds is focused on creating jobs and opportunities across the commonwealth of Virginia, through the powers vested in the governor. Creigh Deeds believes that efforts to protect our environment should keep rates low for consumers and business, encourage investment in new energy technologies, and shouldn't favor one region over another."
According to a report in today's Post, the heart of the bill, which now runs to 1,201 pages, is a plan to reduce emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. To do that, it would create a cap-and-trade system, in which polluters would be required to accrue buyable, sellable credits for all the greenhouse gases they produce.
The bill also contains a system of caveats, safety valves and rule changes meant to satisfy unhappy Democrats. The result is legislation that could transform the U.S. energy industry -- and allow both Wall Street and the Corn Belt to build a side business in carbon.
According to American Solutions, the measure will dramatically worsen the country's economic conditions. In addition to newspaper ads targeting selected politicians, the group is airing a TV ad, which can be viewed here.
June 26, 2009; 1:53 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009
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