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Ashooh’s position on cap-and-trade at odds with conservatives

April 18, 2010 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under Energy & Environment

Around the same time news leaked that Senators will attempt to release a new version of the so-called cap-and-trade bill that has already passed the House, thousands of conservative activists protested at various tea parties throughout New Hampshire. Many of these activists held signs decrying the negative impacts they believe cap-and-trade legislation will have on the economy.

Rich Ashooh with John Lynch and Jeanne Shaheen

Rich Ashooh with John Lynch and Jeanne Shaheen

But one Republican congressional candidate appears to have more in common with the cap-and-trade supporters than conservatives.

Rich Ashooh served on the board of directors of the New England Council. This organization supports “a multi-state cap-and-trade program,” according to its website.

“After the cap-and-trade program for power plants is implemented, the states may consider expanding the program to other kinds of sources,” the group states.

The Council would also like to see cap-and-trade expanded to the federal government. The groups says it “favor[s] [a] national comprehensive program over fragmented regional/state approaches,” according to a document obtained by NowHampshire.com.

Ashooh has also been heavily involved in the One Campaign, which supports a global warming agreement that would essentially require the US to impose a domestic cap-and-trade regime.

Ashooh avoids any mention of the issue altogether on his website.

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