Heritage Action: Senate Should Reject NAT GAS Act

When the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act of 2011 (H.R.1380) was introduced in the House in April, Heritage Action began a systematic effort to educate members of Congress, their staffs and their constituents on the bill’s flaws.  Over the past several months, conservatives have made compelling arguments against the NAT GAS Act in the House and 19 Republican Representatives have withdrawn their support from the bill.  After all, subsidies are subsidies, and it doesn’t matter if it is for wind, solar or natural gas.

Today, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) introduced the Senate version of the NAT GAS Act.

Heritage Action’s CEO Michael Needham made the following statement: 

The Solyndra scandal has illustrated the corrupting nature of Washington picking winners and losers in the energy sector.  The NAT GAS Act is a multi-billion dollar subsidy in an already riddled tax code and the wrong direction for our country.

If Congress wants to do energy and tax policy right, they should look at H.R.3308, the Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act (EFEPA).  It moves away from favoritism in the tax code and lowers the corporate rate to encourage job creation.  That’s the right direction for our country!

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Who Really Supports the NAT GAS Act: Part 1
Who Really Supports the NAT GAS Act: Part 2
Heritage: No More Energy Subsidies: Prevent the New, Repeal the Old
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  1. As a free market conservative and believer in the future of Nat Gas as a cleaner, cheaper, domestic transport fuel. I have supported the Nat Gas Act as the next best thing to removing all the subsidies and tax advantages now enjoyed by electric vehicles, ethanol, and petroleum producers.

    But sadly, the Heritage Action is missing a key improvement in this Senate version of the bill. It is a new “self pay” plan. Those who benefit from the subsidies will pay them back in the form of a new tax on nat gas as a transport fuel. It is new essentially a transfer payment to “prime the pump” for the CNG/LNG infrastructure, that those who use will pay back. And those that don’t use CNG or LNG get no tax, and they can just keep on using gas or diesel paying 2x or more per mile driven.

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