Rep. John DingellJohn DingellMcCain and Dingell: Inspiring a stronger Congress Pelosi should take a page from Tip O'Neill's playbook Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE (D-Mich.) didn't give his friend Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreOcasio-Cortez blasts Electoral College as a 'scam' 2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally Deregulated energy markets made Texas a clean energy giant MORE a free pass when he questioned the former VP during his House testimony today.

"Cap and trade is a tax, and it's a great big one," Dingell said.

He pushed Gore to explain why adopting cap-and-trade wouldn't lead to the same failures Europe encountered with such policies. And he pushed the former VP to explain why America should make such a sacrifice when other big polluters are not.

"They're going to skin us," Dingell said of industrial polluters like China. "How do we protect our people?" he added.

Dingell is the former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee, a subcommittee of which Gore was appearing before today. Dingell was replaced by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who is sponsoring the legislation under consideration.

The Michigan Democrat said he wants to make sure energy-intensive industries are allowed to transition into any new regulatory scheme.