Group Hits Rahall on Carbon Tax

Fairly or not, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is being labeled anti-coal as he gears up for re-election.
National Journal
Alex Brown
Dec. 4, 2013, 2:05 a.m.

In cam­paign polit­ics, it doesn’t take much to tie someone to an un­sa­vory policy po­s­i­tion. Rep. Nick Ra­hall, D-W.Va., is prob­ably won­der­ing how he came to be labeled a car­bon-tax sup­port­er, but one group is mak­ing that claim in a new ad.

“It’ll kill coal and West Vir­gin­ia jobs,” says the nar­rat­or of the Amer­ic­an En­ergy Al­li­ance spot. Ra­hall has long been a sup­port­er of the coal in­dustry, but that’s not enough for some. This spring, he voted for the House Pro­gress­ive Caucus budget res­ol­u­tion, re­ports E&E (re­quires sub­scrip­tion). The res­ol­u­tion it­self made no men­tion of the car­bon tax, and Ra­hall said he knew of no such pro­vi­sion. But sup­port­ing doc­u­ments said the rev­en­ue levels set in the Demo­crat­ic budget would be paid for in part by the car­bon tax.

Ra­hall voted against cap-and-trade in 2009, and said he op­poses a car­bon tax. But that’s not stop­ping his op­pon­ents, who will likely sieze on any op­por­tun­ity to put day­light between Ra­hall and the coal in­dustry.

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