U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann brought her opposition to President Obama’s plan to reduce carbon emissions to St. Cloud State University on Thursday, repeating a discredited claim about how much the plan would cost Minnesotans.
In front of a crowd of more than 400 people gathered at Atwood Memorial Center to hear her talk about climate change, Bachmann said she would oppose a carbon cap-and-trade proposal. Among other reasons, she said it was because she believed it would cost each Minnesota family $2,500.
“This energy tax, I am very concerned will hike up taxes by as much as $2,500 for a family of four in Minnesota, by at least one study,” she told the crowd during prepared comments introducing Chris Horner. Horner is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C., free-market think tank that opposes cap-and-trade.
Cap-and-trade is a plan in which total emissions are capped by the government. Industries that release ...