From Natalie Gaber, Sierra Club Media Intern
I don’t know about you, but I really hate being lied to. It bothers me almost as much as when I see someone put a plastic bottle in the garbage can when there is a recycling bin literally 2 feet away. So, needless to say, Big Oil’s latest campaign to take down federal climate legislation, which has more factual holes in it than Swiss cheese, really irked me.Valero’s “Voices for Energy” campaign webpage, patriotically themed and adorned with snazzy images of the American flag and Uncle Sam, wastes no time in getting to the lies. The first paragraph ends with the statement, “If this type of climate legislation becomes law, it will have enormous negative impact on the economy, the consumer and the refining industry.”
Specifically, Valero claims that, “The hidden tax on commodities imposed by this legislation will lead to a significant increase in the price of gasoline and other energy sources, and more than a million job losses in our already crippled economy - with no measurable improvement on global climate change.” They then go on to assert that, “If Congress passes cap & trade legislation, YOU WILL PAY THE PRICE. ‘Cap and trade’ will cost you 77 cents or more a gallon.” Conspicuously absent from this bold declaration, however, is a source for this information.
Where to begin with poking holes in these arguments?