GOP Congressman: Cap-and-Trade Biggest Threat to Democracy and Freedom

Created: April 22, 2009 12:52 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing to discuss newly proposed climate change legislation from Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) just said this about cap-and-trade programs to limit carbon emissions:

This is the largest assault on democracy and freedom in this country that I’ve ever experienced. I’ve lived through some tough times in Congress: impeachment, two wars, terrorist attacks. I fear this more than all of the above activities that have happened.

You may recall Shimkus from some of his other rational, non-hyperbolic arguments, such as the time he publicly reasoned that high carbon dioxide levels might not be so bad. After all, the dinosaurs didn’t seem to mind.