Toomey: Obama and Sestak are wrong on cap-and-trade

Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey says he’s strongly against federal cap-and-trade legislation.

Speaking at a Dauphin County coffee shop, Toomey warned the energy measure that passed the House last year would cause rates to skyrocket.

Toomey says even Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission is against the bill.

A PUC spokeswoman says Toomey is referring to a letter three commissioners sent to Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation last year, in which they urged lawmakers to vote against the measure.

Democrat Joe Sestak disagrees, and argues a shift toward renewable energy sources would grow Pennsylvania’s economy over the long term. Sestak voted for the cap-and-trade bill last June.

Many environmental advocates are urging President Obama to renew his support for a final energy bill during tomorrow night’s Oval Office speech.

During his recent appearance in Pittsburgh, Obama said a continued dependence on oil will “jeopardize [the United States’] national security…and smother [the] planet.”

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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