"[W]ith continuing high national joblessness and an unemployment rate exceeding 7.8 percent every month since February 2009, a carbon tax will drive the unemployment rate even higher," the resolution states.

It argues further that a carbon tax would have an "uneven effect" across the country, as it would hit some areas harder than others. And, it says imposing a carbon tax in the United States would do nothing to stop carbon emissions in China, India and other large carbon-emitting nations.

McKinley's resolution, H.Con.Res. 142, is co-sponsored by five Republicans and three Democrats: Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Tim Holden (D-Pa.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Nick RahallNick RahallLikely W.Va. Senate GOP rivals spar in radio appearances West Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth MORE (D-W.Va.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Ed WhitfieldEd WhitfieldWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog What Azerbaijan wants from Israel? Overnight Energy: Green group sues Exxon over climate science MORE (R-Ky.).