In an AFP press release:
One day before Earth Day, hundreds of citizens will join the grassroots free-market group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) for a rally in the nation’s capital to launch the cross-country “Hot Air Tour.” The nationwide hot air balloon tour will expose the unaffordable costs of proposed climate change policies for average Americans.
“Elected officials at all levels of government are converting global warming alarmism into policies that will have devastating consequences for our economy,” said AFP President Tim Phillips. “We think American families need to know what these proposals will cost them – lost jobs, higher energy prices, and less freedom. We’re launching this Tour to educate citizens on unaffordable climate change schemes.”
The Hot Air Tour will kick off in Washington, DC, on Monday, April 21, with a citizen rally at Upper Senate Park. AFP’s huge seventy-foot hot air balloon will make its first stop in Kansas City, Missouri, before stopping at locations in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana. Subsequent swings will be made through other parts of the country in coming weeks and months. In all, the Tour will hold at least twenty grassroots events around the nation to educate citizens on tax and regulatory schemes that are being advanced in the name of fighting global warming.
A recent Gallup poll indicated that the country’s economic situation is by far the greatest concern among likely voters, with high energy prices tying health care for third biggest concern. Despite the propaganda advanced by global warming alarmists, global warming did not even make the list. Yet proposals aimed at climate change would harm the economy and lead to drastic hikes in energy costs, for almost no environmental gain.
“We believe that people deserve to know how reactionary policies will affect their household budget,” Phillips concluded. “The one-sided greenwash on this issue is over; it is long past time that the economic impacts of these policies are made known.”
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits.