John Boehner Gets Busted Lying About Obama’s New Carbon Rules That He Never Read

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took to his website to fearmonger today about President Obama’s climate change policy and PolitiFact was not impressed.

The Republican Speaker of the House claimed “The president’s plan would indeed cause a surge in electricity bills — costs stand to go up $17 billion every year. But it would also shut down plants and potentially put an average of 224,000 more people out of work every year.” For this claim, the Ohio Republican earned a big, fat “false” from PolitiFact.

The President unveiled new EPA guidelines to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants today and of course, John Boehner freaked out because Republicans believe regulations are for women’s bodies, not for big industry.

PolitiFact wondered how Republicans could have already read the 645 pages long plan, but of course, Republicans don’t bother with things like reading directly. They leave that for the Chamber of Commerce and other lobbyists. The factfinders realized that yes indeed, these accusations came straight a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study that was released in late May, which was based on predictions about the proposals Obama released today.

The Chamber got their predictions wrong and thus Boehner repeated inaccurate accusations based on flawed predictions.

But since Republicans don’t bother to read for themselves and are just in Congress to do as the Chamber tells them, Boehner felt free to pontificate and accuse based on the second hand failed mind reading of the Chamber.

Making public statements based on the “predictions” of a group with monied interest in finding fault isn’t the smartest thing to do if you value your credibility… And it earned Boehner a big false:

Boehner said the EPA’s plan to regulate carbon emissions in existing power plants will increase electric bills by “$17 billion every year” and “potentially put an average of 224,000 more people out of work every year.” Those numbers are based on a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study that came out before the EPA announced the regulations on existing power plants.

That study wrongly assumed the administration would set a benchmark of reducing carbon emissions by 42 percent before 2030. The regulations released June 2 actually put forward a 30 percent reduction within that timeframe. The chamber itself told PolitiFact its estimates are not based on the goals as announced.

But despite these serious flaws, Boehner used the numbers anyway. We rate his statement False.

If anyone is putting people out of work, it’ the Speaker of the House whose own caucus has ensured they work less than any recent congress, while also making sure to never pass any of Obama’s jobs bills other than his veterans jobs bill.

Remember this the next time Republicans “weigh” in on legislative matters, or any matters for that point. When they aren’t complaining about the length of a bill that they were given more than a year to read, they’re letting ALEC and the Chamber dictate policy to them — often times not even based on reality, as we see here.

So Boehner hates Obama’s new regulations and has lots of scary stories to share about them, except he’s not basing his critique on Obama’s actual new guidelines. Boehner based his criticism upon the Chamber’s prediction of Obama’s new EPA guidelines. This is sort of like claiming you read the Benghazi emails and they implicate Obama and Clinton, and then being busted for having never even seen them directly, but rather having them interpreted for you by an interested partisan party and passing that along as the truth.

Another Republican accusation down. Just how many of these can they make before their credibility becomes an issue?

22 Replies to “John Boehner Gets Busted Lying About Obama’s New Carbon Rules That He Never Read”

  1. The Republicans’ credibility has been a major issue for me now for many years and counting. The Republicans’ credibility issue started with Reagan for me. Dishonorable then, dishonorable now.

  2. It has become apparent over the last 6 years that the republican party has become LAZY. They don’t write their own speeches, instead they plagiarize. They want to repeal the ACA, but they haven’t written a law to replace it. Instead of writing legislation, they use ALEC written legislation. They complain they haven’t read the legislation before it is passed. They are LAZY. This is what they are paid to do, but they take the easy (lazy) way out.

    They are apparently spending so much time soliciting campaign funds that they don’t have time to do the job they were elected to do; read, write and listen.

    Publically funded campaigns are becoming necessary for a fair election were congress is accountable to the public and not the donators giving the big $’s.

  3. What I’d REALLY like to see is to have the traditional media DO IT’S JOB and to point out to the general public the things you’ve pointed out to us. I’d like to see them take a critical stance and to really look at the quality of work the Orange Drunkard is doing and to let the public in on the big secret.

  4. I dont think it matters how many. How frequent is more important. Keep piling them on. The Boehner tea bag disciples will drink it down

  5. Please read why the GOP are obstructing all bills and are lazy to read legislation: …”

  6. Minnie.

    Thanks for your post. I’ve known this since day one and have been posting my comments relentlessly on various Internet websites going on almost 7 years and counting I have been supporting then Sen.Barack Obama and now President Obama. Am glad you posted this here. We need to hear this more and more.

  7. Boehner is the worst speaker of the house EVER!.. always quick to put down the presidents ideas but he doesn’t have any of his own plus I forgot that the reason the republicans lie so much is because they do not know how to comprehend simple reading.

  8. “The president’s plan would indeed cause a surge in electricity bills…”

    In that case, what would account for the recent 30% increase in my electricity rate this year – long before these new regulations?

    Let’s face it, if we wait for the GOP or the energy companies to do ANYTHING on climate change, we’ll be waiting forever.

    This is our chance – we do this now or we pay, dearly, for it later. The science is there, not just from US scientists but from scientists across the globe. If the US wants to be a leader, then it ought to lead on this issue, too, and show that we are good stewards of the planet – not troglodytes still living in caves.

  9. Let me tell you about my dingbat Governor Mary Fallon. She signed a law saying even if you go solar or wind power for electrical needs you still have to pay the utilities. Oklahoma’s new law states that it is aiming to prevent the majority of utility customers from “subsidizing” those with solar panels on their homes who offset the cost of electricity and grid maintenance costs by generating their own power and feeding it onto the grid and receiving credit for the power they generate. Even if you try to do the right thing republicans are such whores and traitors they will still find a way to screw you. And they say they are jobs and the economy. Vote like your life depends on it.

  10. They know they don’t have to read anything they just figure out what to say to make The President look bad and go with it ;truth is not a factor in politics any more ; the press doesn’t insist on it and the rpugs thrive on obfuscation and out and out lying.

  11. “Another Republican accusation down. Just how many of these can they make before their credibility becomes an issue?”

    How can they still have credibility with people, should be the question

  12. Despite the 30% reduction in carbon emmisions if the president’s plan is fully implemented, the amount of global warming won’t drop due to the tons of hot air emmited by Republicans on behalf of their billionaire puppetmasters!

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