Yesterday, I flagged a tweet from Roy Blunt which claimed "the Obama Admin privately concluded cap & trade could cost families $1,761 a year." PolitiFact.com has weighed in on the claim as made by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and declared it "false." Just posted:
His statement that households will pay $1,761 in new taxes every year is based on a blogger's incorrect assumptions and overly simple math. The estimate does not account for revenue that will be returned to consumers in the form of rebates and other efficiency measures. Furthermore, the number is based on old numbers; the Treasury estimate was written on the premise that all permits would be sold, which, ultimately, is not the form that the Waxman-Markey legislation has taken. Finally, both Alexander and [CBS News Blogger] McCullagh portray money raised by selling these permits as a tax. We rate Alexander's claim False.
PolitiFact goes into considerable detail to explain how McCullagh arrived at the faulty estimate, how it ignores the benefits to consumers in the legislation under consideration, and how outdated its assumptions are. Read it here.