Conservative PAC Ad Uses Fear to Decry Waxman-Markey Climate Bill

  • Published on June 23rd, 2009

‘American Solutions for Winning the Future’ scaring Americans into action?


With all signs pointing to a Friday vote in the House of Representatives on the Waxman-Markey climate bill, the right-wing political action committee behind the “Drill here, drill now, pay less” campaign of last summer, yesterday launched a last-ditch effort to block climate change legislation by scaring the crap out of you.

The ad, produced by the group American Solutions for Winning the Future, urges you to contact your Representative to tell them how scared you are of the devastating economic impacts of climate and energy legislation. The new commercial was released on the heals of a Congressional Budget Office report that found the annual cost of the Waxman-Markey climate bill would be an average of $175 per household — far less than previous GOP cost estimates.


Led by former Republican Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, American Solutions for Winning the Future is no garden variety political organization. Financed by a host of high-profile billionaire-backers including Casino Kingpin and third richest person in America, Sheldon Adelson; co-founder of PayPal and staunch libertarian Peter Thiel; Cincinatti businessman and second-biggest contributor to the GOP, Dick Farmer, and; textile magnate and patron of right-wing causes for almost 50 years, Roger Milliken, the organization has emerged as one of the most powerful and, perhaps, reactionary PACs on the American political landscape.

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  • Chris

    As somebody deeply concerned about global climate change, I have to agree on some level with these opponents of the Waxman-Markey bill. The bill has been widely criticized as toothless by both left and right…and I think we can all agree that the last thing American business (yikes, did I just say that?) needs is another set of labyrinthine, bureaucratic restrictions that in the end accomplish little.

    I'm not big business apologist…I'm just not sure this bill would be setting the right tone…