Noted Heidi Heitkamp Supporter Hopes To Bring Back Carbon Tax Bill If Democrats Hold The Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been very supportive of liberal Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp. His political action committee, Majority PAC, has spent more than half a million dollars – $580,229 so far this cycle according to OpenSecrets.org – on attacking Heitkamp’s opponent Rick Berg. Reid has also funneled $10,000 into Heitkamp’s campaign via his Searchlight Leadership Fund.

For her part, Heitkamp has pledged to vote to keep Reid as the Senate Majority Leader if North Dakotans elect her in November.

This would be the same Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who wants to bring back a tax on carbon emissions if Democrats hold the Senate:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to bring climate change legislation to the floor if Democrats keep their majority in the upper chamber in this fall’s elections, according to a news report.

Reid told Greenwire Tuesday that he hopes the Senate will return to legislation that puts a price on carbon dioxide emissions.

A Senate floor battle on major climate legislation in the next Congress would mark the first such showdown since senators voted down a big cap-and-trade bill in 2008.

“We certainly can’t stay where we are; we have to do something,” he told Greenwire at a green energy summit he co-hosts each year in Las Vegas.

Needless to say, a tax on carbon emissions would be devastating for North Dakota’s economy. Obviously, it would reduce demand for the oil, coal and gas products produced in western North Dakota, but remember that agriculture is a carbon-heavy industry too and remains North Dakota’s #1 industry despite the attention energy gets. Tractors and combines and farm trucks don’t run on water. They burn gasoline and diesel and emit carbon, and Harry Reid wants to tax those emissions.

A vote for Heidi Heitkamp is a vote for Harry Reid and a leftist environmental agenda that would not be good for North Dakota.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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