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UPDATED: Gingrich's Group Sends Letter to Deeds, McDonnell

Anita Kumar

Newt Gingrich's American Solutions will send letters to gubernatorial candidates, Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell this afternoon, asking them to oppose a federal proposal that the groups says would establish a national tax system on energy.

"As leaders who aspire to lead Virginia forward, you have a responsibility to speak out now to protect the commonwealth from proposed laws that would kill jobs in Virginia,'' Dan Varroney, the group's senior vice president writes in his letter. "Your leadership responsibility is to help create Virginia jobs, not support their destruction (either actively or through silence)."

American Solutions is kicking off a national campaign to oppose the bill in Congress. The push begins in Virginia with information being sent to the group's 55,000 members and an advertising blitz starting next week.

Updated: Republican McDonnell responded swiftly -- as you would expect -- calling on Deeds and Gov. Tim Kaine to join him in opposing the bill that "would increase taxes and unemployment in Virginia." He cited multiple studies from groups on either side of the political spectrum that say the bill would hurt the economy.

"It would hurt Virginia's competitiveness in the world economy, raise our electricity rates and have a direct impact on every Virginia citizen. It's a job-killer,'' McDonnell said in a statement. "The...legislation under consideration is exactly the wrong approach to take. It is a heavy-handed big government approach based on ideology, not science."

"American Solutions is prepared to use every resource at its disposal to ensure that every voter in Virginia is aware of your position either for or against imposing the costly new national system of taxation,'' Varroney writes in the letter.

The letter cites a Heritage Foundation study that says implementing the proposal would, by 2035, destroy 1,105,000 American jobs per year on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 2,479,000 jobs, and contribute to rising gas prices.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 17, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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For those who might not know, "American Solutions" is funded by wealthy Republicans and the fossil fuel industries. This group opposes the current cap-and-trade proposal, which would be the first serious effort by the U.S. to address the global climate crisis.

Posted by: wapo9 | June 17, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope that Bob McDonnell will oppose all attempts to impose Obama's whopping "global warming" tax on our struggling economy. We need to deal with real-world issues, not greenie fairy tales.

Posted by: JMosesBrowning | June 17, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Honestly Anita, how can you report this item without providing your readers more information about who is financing Gingrich's group? It took me 3 mins of Googling to find this: and this:

Secondly, why should Virginia's care about what a former Speaker of the House have to say about our state? If Tom Foley or Dick Gephardt had a PAC and wrote a letter to McDonnell and Deeds quoting research from a left-wing think-tank about an issue would you do a post about that, too?

And are you not even going to point out the political agenda of the Heritage Foundation in your sentence about their research?

Give me a break. I thought you were a better journalist than this blog post has led me to believe.

Posted by: fakevirginia | June 17, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Of course I meant Virginians rather than Virginia's in my last comment.

Like you I pressed "submit" too quickly.

The difference is you get paid to press submit. I don't.

Posted by: fakevirginia | June 17, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Anita, since you evidently chose not to provide any context for your readers, I took that job on myself.

Posted by: fakevirginia | June 18, 2009 3:44 AM | Report abuse

We would like to express our deep gratitude to the Gingrich's Group and to all courageous, informed and honest leaders who are ready to risk being demonized and defamed to save us from Obama’s ACES Act (cap and trade).

Based on the global warming scam, cap and trade will cost us much, much more than any other tax! It will cost many of us our businesses. It will cost many of us our jobs. It will cost all of us our freedoms and our future.

Cap and Trade “would be the equivalent of an atomic bomb directed at the U.S. economy--all without any scientific justification,” said famed climatologist Dr. S. Fred Singer. It would significantly increase taxes and the cost of energy, forcing many companies to close, thus increasing unemployment, poverty and dependence.

Cap and trade represents huge taxes and cost increases, which will hurt mostly the poor and the middle class. Cap and trade will give dictatorial powers to Obama and will further enrich his billionaire friends (Gore, Soros, Goldman Sachs, Obama’s Chicago Climate Exchange friends, GE, the UN, etc.) -- all at our expense and at the expense of our children and grandchildren.

Those brainwashed to the point of wanting to destroy the economy to "prevent global warming" are behaving like the most primitive human beings who were duped into believing that human sacrifices would ensure them good weather. Human beings don't have the power to control climate! And killing the economy will not help the environment. Poor countries can’t protect the environment. Just look at Haiti!

More and more scientists and thinking people all over the world are realizing that man-made global warming is a hoax that threatens our future and the future of our children. More than 700 international scientists dissent over man-made global warming claims. They are now more than 13 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media-hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.

Additionally, more than 30,000 American scientists have signed onto a petition that states, "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate."

We pray that honest leaders – both Democrat and Republican - are able to save us from Obama's criminal ACES Act (cap-and-trade) scam.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | June 18, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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