Climate Change An Issue In U.S. Senate Race

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
July 24, 2013

Listen to Report

WBGO News logo

Climate change is becoming an issue in the U-S Senate race in New Jersey.

Congressman Rush Holt, one of the Democrats seeking the Senate seat, started the controversy with a campaign ad on the Internet.

“On climate change either we take real action or millions will die. The answer is a carbon tax, and I’m going to fight for it.”

Republican candidate Steve Lonegan says Holt’s comment is a silly left-wing view that is simply bizarre.

“Millions will die if we don’t act right now.  I mean I don’t know if even the liberal left accepts that premise.”

Lonegan opposes a tax on carbon emissions.

“A tax of  $20 a ton on carbon dioxide emissions that would go up every year would drive energy prices through the roof, and according to the National Association of Manufacturers' very recent in-depth study, they project a loss of 34,000 manufacturing jobs in the state of New Jersey.”

Another Democrat in the race, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver is entering the fray, saying Lonegan is denying accepted scientific fact and placing oil profits ahead of middle class people affected by calamities such as Superstorm Sandy.


Get the Rundown from WBGO News

A weekly email from WBGO News with a preview of what's coming up and a taste of what you might have missed.