The Institute for Energy Research (IER) began airing radio ads in Colorado and New Mexico today opposing the Lieberman-Warner climate change bill, which the Senate is scheduled to consider this week.

IER joins the Club for Growth and President Bush in arguing that the bill would raise energy prices and wreak havoc on the U.S. economy. The Club for Growth launched its own ad campaign opposing the bill last week.

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"Studies show that Lieberman-Warner could send Colorado gas prices over $9 a gallon by 2030, cost our households nearly $7,000 in lost income, and send millions of good American jobs overseas," says the narrator of the Colorado ad.

The bill, introduced by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John Warner (R-Va.), would impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions. It would grant companies "allowances" for carbon emissions and allow them to trade those allowances, using an emissions-capping system referred to as "cap-and-trade."

The ads urge listeners to call the states' senators and tell them to vote against the bill. Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) serve as chairman and ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, of which Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) is also a member.