By Scott Brown, NH Union Leader
June 13, 2014
Making energy affordable is a priority of my Senate campaign. Last week, I introduced my plan to increase supply and reduce costs using an "all-of-the-above" comprehensive approach. I took my plan on the road and talked to motorists at gas stations, business owners and homeowners around the state, and everyone is looking for relief.
Senator Shaheen’s energy tax would have a disastrous effect on our economy, and cause rate increases that hurt families and small businesses alike. According to the non-partisan National Association of Manufacturers, a national energy tax could eliminate 10,000 New Hampshire jobs, increase the price of electricity and natural gas, and force prices at the pump to go up as much as another 20 cents per gallon.
With gas and energy prices already soaring, I respectfully disagree with Senator Shaheen's punitive approach, which ends up hurting people and hurting the economy.
My plan outlines a strict cost benefit analysis for this type of out-of-touch rule making, so we can better understand the real world economic consequences of all the red tape and new taxes streaming out of Washington.
The Obama-Shaheen approach to energy is not working. New Hampshire families are ready for an realistic plan that will make it easier for them to pay the bills every month, and maybe even set aside some money for retirement and college tuition.
By focusing on a true all-of-the-above energy plan that increases our domestic production and reins in the Washington bureaucrats, we can make energy more affordable, create new good-paying jobs, and improve our state and our nation’s economy.