An environmental efficiency measure favored by the Obama administration is being called a "shell game" by one Republican lawmaker.

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) on Wednesday said the so-called "cap and trade" program, in which a number of credits are auctioned to companies based on the amount they pollute, fools Americans into believing corporations are absorbing the costs of the program, when the costs actually fall to consumers.

"Cap and Trade is a shell game because it hides what is happening," Shimkus said in an interview with The Heritage Foundation. "Saying it is cap and trade makes people believe that big business is paying for it; however, we all know that these businesses will increase utility rates or manufactured goods