John Callahan just contradicted himself on a major national issue again. Mayor John Callahan most assuredly supports cap and trade, the national energy tax. Callahan signed his name to the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement. A significant part of that pact is the Mayors’ agreement to urge the U.S. Congress to create a “national emission trading system,” more commonly known as cap and trade.
Candidate John Callahan declared two days ago that he opposes a “cap and trade” national energy tax because “it would endanger jobs or derail the economy,” according to Callahan’s campaign manager.1 So which of Callahan’s positions is true?
At a U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Miami, the Conference adopted the resolution, “City Priorities for a Cap and Trade System,” which stated on behalf of the Mayors: “The US Conference of Mayors urges Congress to pass legislation that creates a market for carbon through development of a fair and flexible national cap and trade system.” It further declares that “the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports using revenues generated by a cap and trade program to recognize the important role that local governments play in climate protection by channeling some portion of funds generated directly to local governments in support of continued and expanded efforts to reduce emissions.” (Links attached below)
Congressman Dent stated succinctly: “Mayor John Callahan wants a national energy tax to pay for more government spending.”
When the House of Representatives did pass a Cap and Trade bill, Callahan said nothing. But now he claims to oppose it. Callahan remains a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Did he forget his support for cap and trade, or simply think voters of the Fifteenth district wouldn’t notice his contradictory position?
“Is John Callahan going to send his membership card back to the Conference in protest for supporting a program that will ‘derail the economy?’” asked Shawn Millan, campaign manager, Charlie Dent for Congress. “If John Callahan now realizes that he was wrong to sign his name to a plan that would be detrimental to the economy, then Callahan should admit that to the people of the Fifteenth District and explain where he really stands on cap and trade.”
1. Pennsylvania Avenue, the Morning Call, “Dent, Callahan can agree on this,” posted by Nicole Radzievich, June 28, 2010