Updated: Brown, Shaheen spar on energy policies, costs

Energy prices were in focus in the U.S. Senate race today as the Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen campaigns unveiled new television ads, each charging that the other’s policies would hike prices for Granite Staters.

 

 

Brown’s latest television ad, released Monday, accuses Shaheen of voting to “pave the way for a new tax on energy.”

 

 

The Shaheen campaign ad charges that Brown does the bidding of “Big Oil,” but goes further, saying that he has also supported “special breaks” for “ Wall Street and companies that send American jobs overseas.”

 

 

Brown’s 15-second spot refers to Shaheen March 2013 support of legislation that would have set up a “reserve fund relating to ensuring that all revenue from a fee on carbon pollution is returned to the American people.”

 

 

The sponsor of the amendment, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., said at the time the provision “will allow us to put a price on carbon.”

 

 

Brown has said Shaheen’s support for the reserve fund means she supports a national energy tax; Shaheen has denied supporting such a tax.

 

 

 

View the Brown ad below.

 

 

 

View the Shaheen ad below.

The Shaheen campaign also released a one-page report saying that “Brown’s policies would mean fewer jobs and higher costs for New Hampshire consumers while his Big Oil supporters continue to reap record profits supported by billion dollar subsidies that he has repeatedly voted to protect.”

 

Click here for the Shaheen campaign report.

Author: John DiStaso

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