New Hampshire House Kow Tows To Koch

What do you get when you combine a Republican led State House of Representatives with a Koch Industries backed group who placed “robocalls” in an attempt to gather support for an anti-climate change bill? The answer: a bill the New Hampshire’s State House of Representatives voted for which would repeal the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The RGGI is a 10 state cap-and-trade scheme. The legislators voted for HB 519 246 to 104, with 13 Republicans voting against the bill and two Democrats for it.

The bill will go through a finance committee before a final House vote, and then go to the Senate. Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, will most likely veto the bill. However, Republicans have a veto-proof majority in the House and Senate.

Americans For Prosperity (AFP) in New Hampshire is the conservative group which made “robocalls.” AFP’s website describes the group as “an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and federal levels.” Created in 2003 to replace the Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, AFP is the “third largest recipient of funding from the Koch Family Foundations, behind the Cato Institute and the George Mason University Foundation,” according to DeSmogBlog.

The state director of AFP in New Hampshire, Corey R. Lewandowski touted passage of the bill as a “a victory for the ratepayers of New Hampshire.” However, the text of the bill mentions that the Public Utilities Commission and Department of Environmental Services state that repealing the RGGI would reduce state revenues by approximately $9,868,556 in FY 2012 and each year after.

Lynch wrote a letter to the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee on February 10 stating his opposition to the bill “because it will result in New Hampshire consumers paying higher electric costs without receiving any benefits”

Environment New Hampshire responded to the bill’s passage in a statement. “We are disappointed that many of our representatives voted against New Hampshire’s cornerstone clean energy program,” said Jessica O’Hare Program Associate for Environment New Hampshire. “RGGI is good for New Hampshire’s environment, creating jobs, and saving local residents and businesses money on their utility bill.”

“We need to get out of state oil interests out of New Hampshire,” added O’Hare. “This is the Live Free or Die State and they’re messing with our way of life.”

In short, the passage of the bill is a big win for major polluters like Koch Industries, but a major loss for the people of New Hampshire and the environment.


Dan B.
Dan Brook7 years ago

The regressive Republican Party of No is mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

Morgan Getham
Morgan Getham7 years ago

Somehow the bill's opponents don't seem to explain just where those "allowances" that they are counting on to lower the net cost of the bill are coming from. Is someone coming up with a secret stash of dollars to underwrite it from somewhere? In the end, I'll bet, that $28 million in "allowances" is actually coming out of the pockets of the taxpayers/ratepayers of New Hampshire one way or another too, but nobody is honest enough to recognize it. The state, in other words, seems to be being blackmailed into this agreement.

monica r.
monica r7 years ago

Why are republicans against cap&trade? The first George Bush started it.

Hartson Doak
Hartson Doak7 years ago

They have sold you into bondage. What happened to your state motto, "Live free or Die"?

Alicia T.
Alicia Todd7 years ago


Charles Wallis
Charles Wallis7 years ago

Media is the fourth estate, taxes are the fifth estate: When you not just allow, but encourage people to become richer than God, they start to believe in their own divinity. Create new brackets in the tax code 250,000-350,000; 350,001-500,000; 500,001-1,000,000; above 1,000,000 and tax the highest brackets at 71% again. No budget crisis, no bought elections, no Koche brother fake grass roots groups buying politicians.

Teri A.
Teri A.7 years ago

I agree, Dan, and Elizabeth, and Gertrude, and Chuck... but just what are we, the voters, going to do about it? And if the majority of voters feel this way, which they really SHOULD seeing they are probably not in the top 1%, just how the hell do these a$$hats keep getting (re)elected? Is there voter fraud in the USA too? Let the facts speak for themselves. The people need to let the money-hoarders know, we're not gonna take this $hit anymore! The only problem is greed is a non-partisan condition. And Charles, if our elected "cowards" would raise taxes on the money-hoarders back to levels pre-Regan, then our nation's coffers wouldn't be in short supply.

Nicole Oliva
Nicole O7 years ago

the koch brothers should have their assets seized

Ian C.
Ian C.7 years ago

so will we support them or not

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