Heritage Action in the News
Conservative efforts to stop the NAT GAS Act are getting noticed! Today, Politico posted a piece about the growing opposition to T. Boone Pickens’ plan to give natural gas special subsidies in order to “curb our dependence” on oil. Politico writes:
“The conservative establishment is putting Republicans on notice that there will be repercussions for supporting T. Boone Pickens’ [sic] plan for natural gas vehicle subsidies. A host of conservative groups, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Heritage Action for America, Americans for Prosperity and the Club for Growth jointly sent a letter to Congress Monday blasting the plan as an affront to their free-market ideals.”
National Journal also put out a story on the coalition letter sent Monday, saying:
“Oilman T. Boone Pickens’s plan to power America’s trucks with natural gas was dealt a blow on Monday when two separate coalitions urged Congress to oppose the legislation for different reasons.
“Seventeen conservative and tea-party groups, including Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Action, sent a letter to lawmakers opposing the NAT GAS Act, a plan initially crafted by Pickens that would incentivize natural-gas-powered trucks and other vehicles.
“‘Providing subsidies for every aspect of natural gas-fueled vehicles will only lead to a bloated industry of little help to energy consumers,’ states the letter organized by Heritage Action, the political-action arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation.”
Since our opposition was made public, Congressmen Todd Akin (R-MO) and Steve Pearce (R-NM) have withdrawn their names from co-sponsorship. Our voice is being heard! They deserve our support for taking a principled stand.
As more Congressmen hear about our principled opposition, we expect that more will withdraw from co-sponsorship of the bill, which picks winners and losers in the energy market. Heritage Action believes in that the free market should decide which energy sources are used and which are not.