We see this story on Margot Thorning’s remarks in Montana. Thorning is senior vice president and chief economist of the American Council for Capital Formation, with which the NAM recently released an independent economic analysis of S. 2191, the Lieberman-Warner cap-and-trade bill. Among other findings, the report projected the legislation would cause GDP losses nationwide of as much of $210 billion and as many as 1.8 million lost jobs by 2020.
So how does the Montana governor’s office respond to questions about Thorning’s remarks and the economic analysis?
“They’ve been denying climate change is happening for so long, and now they’re trying anything they can to scare people,” said Eric Stern, senior counselor to Schweitzer. “This is a petroleum industry front group that is literally like a cigarette company promoting a study that says smoking is good for you.”
Senior counselor? Reads more like something a snot-nosed kid would say, to come back with an insult instead of acknowledging legitimate concerns.
What’s so strange and irresponsible about the remark is that Montana is an energy producing state, and Gov. Brian Schweitzer fancies himself an advocate of coal. Many, many NAM member companies are involved in the creation of jobs and wealth in Montana — with a significant presence in the energy sector — and the governor’s office just blows them off. It does a disservice to the state’s citizens and a rational discussion of energy and environmental policy.
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