Americans for Prosperity wages attack on regional climate accords

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) — a Tea Party-affiliated group founded and funded by David H. Koch of Koch Industries — is mounting a frontal assault on regional climate initiatives.

In New Hampshire, in the run-up to a vote on a House bill that would repeal the cap-and-trade system established under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, AFP’s state branch hounded voters with robocalls, asking them to demand that their state reps support the measure. After the bill passed, AFP Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen and AFP’s New Hampshire State Director Corey Lewandowski celebrated with an op-ed published by Fox News.

In New Jersey, AFP is putting pressure on Gov. Chris Christie (R) to drop out of RGGI, and has launched a TV and radio ad campaign in the state arguing that RGGI will drive electric rates “through the roof,” resulting in “higher taxes, lost jobs, and less freedom.” The group has also been pressuring Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) to pull out.

In Arizona, AFP started publicly campaigning in 2009 to get the state to withdraw from the Western Climate Initiative. Its efforts paid off in February 2010 when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) issued an executive order announcing that the state would not participate in a cap-and-trade system under WCI, though she stopped short of pulling the state out of the accord entirely.

In Michigan, AFP is pushing new GOP Gov. Rick Snyder to reject the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord. A post on the AFP Michigan site praises a 2010 resolution (with ALEC language) that would have pulled the state out of the accord, and warns, “Similar resolutions will be introduced by legislators in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.”

For more, check out the AFP website’s “RGGI Repeal Resource” page.