Georgia’s Top Republicans Unite Against Federal Climate Bill

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“Our citizens cannot afford Joe Biden’s broken promises on Democrats’ inflationary taxes and spending that will only exacerbate the economic crisis they have created,” read a joint statement from Kemp and other GOP governors.

Supporters stand to applaud as Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks during a visit to the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton, Ga., Friday, July 29, 2022. (Matt Hamilton/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP

Credit: Matt Hamilton

Credit: Matt Hamilton

Supporters stand to applaud as Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks during a visit to the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton, Ga., Friday, July 29, 2022. (Matt Hamilton/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP

Credit: Matt Hamilton

Credit: Matt Hamilton

The pessimistic outlook contrasts sharply with Democratic optimism. Stacey Abrams praised Biden for pursuing legislation that would institute “for the first time, a real climate action plan in the United States.” Senses Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock both support the plan.

The package is a cornerstone of Biden’s economic platform. It includes an array of energy and climate proposals, health care subsidies and proposals to cut the prices of prescription drugs worth hundreds of billions of dollars. It should be financed by a new minimum tax on certain large profitable corporations.

All 50 Republican caucus members in the Senate are expected to vote against the bill, and top GOP officials quickly attacked the measure as a tax hike that would increase government spending and undermine an already faltering economy.

Several estimates from outside groups suggest the measure would not amount to a big tax hike. It would raise the bulk of new tax revenue by imposing the minimum tax on large corporations that use credits and loopholes to lower their rates.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) enters a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 28, 2022. Now that Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) is on board, the Arizona Democrat has become the latest recalcitrant on the national agenda of the Democrats. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times)

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) enters a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 28, 2022. Now that Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) is on board, the Arizona Democrat has become the latest recalcitrant on the national agenda of the Democrats.  (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times)

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) enters a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 28, 2022. Now that Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) is on board, the Arizona Democrat has become the latest recalcitrant on the national agenda of the Democrats. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times)

GOP opposition means Democrats will likely have to navigate the bill through a messy budget reconciliation process with no votes to spare. They must also unite their own caucus: US Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has still not endorsed the plan.

The proposal includes tax credits to increase renewable energy production, electric vehicles and new fuel sources to move away from carbon-based sources. It also offers farmers new incentives to forgo nitrogen fertilizers, which contribute to climate change.

Loeffler, who lost to Warnock in the second round last year, said farmers should be concerned about the move that threatens “fossil fuel dominance” in Georgia’s agricultural industry.

“He’s taking resources from farmers and trying to convert them into Green New Deal farmers,” she said. “And that does nothing to combat the spending sprees that are driving up prices in this country.”

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