View Full Version : Killing or at least re-directing "cap and trade"

06-23-2009, 10:55 AM
Action item - maybe... what do people think about this?

Call your reps and any reps that will talk to you and ask them for an amendment to "cap and trade". You are objecting to "cap and trade" being an outright tax paid to the federal government that will hike utility bills. The amendment you are requesting is simple - rather than the federal government getting the money, that a program is set up that will keep the money in each state and be used to grow trees that will then be planted by highways and around cities.

This will reduce unemployment - granted in a way we don't like, but it's better than a federal tax.
Trees act as a carbon sink, produce oxygen and act as a noise barrier. They also provide a habitat for wildlife.
This will keep the money in local communities and states that are struggling.

Most importantly, it's going to make the Dems squirm trying to justify why Washington should get the money instead of using it for something that will remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

so what do you think? - could the selling points be made better? will it fly?


06-23-2009, 11:00 AM
Beg my rep to give the stolen money to the Texas government instead of DC? No thanks.

06-23-2009, 11:07 AM
you're kind of missing the point. ask him to give to state to be used for one particular purpose within your state. ask him to keep the money local. but what this is really about is killing cap and trade. as soon as this pretext for a federal tax given a better alternative - it's going to put egg os nome dems faces and hopefully they will completely loose interest in the scam.


06-24-2009, 09:20 PM
The Federal Government doesn't really get the bulk of the revenue in the first place.

The "tax" involved here is in the increased prices to consumers brought about by artificially fixing a low quantity supplied by polluters.

There will be additional cost passed through to consumers when they auction off more carbon shares, but I still think most of the money "taken" from consumers is essentially lost due to the inefficiency of capping production at artificially low levels.

06-24-2009, 09:23 PM
June 24, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Congress is trying to skyrocket your cost of living while putting another 1 million-plus Americans out of work. And they want to do it before the week is out.

You see, the “Cap-and-Trade” bill currently in the House is really nothing more than a thinly disguised energy tax that will hit every single American.

And now Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats are pushing this tax hike toward a vote that could come as soon as Friday.

That’s why we need to act now.

I have included the office number for your Representative, Elijah E. Cummings, but first I want you to understand the disastrous consequences of this Cap-and-Tax Scheme.

By invasively manipulating an already over-regulated energy industry, this legislation seeks to fix an alleged problem that has recently been discredited by over 31,478 scientists -- including over 3,803 with specific expertise in atmospheric, earth, and environmental sciences.

All 31,478 of these scientists are trained to understand and evaluate the scientific data relevant to the human-caused global warming hypothesis -- and are speaking out against government “remedies.”

With this bill, Congress is once again just doing what it does best -- fleecing taxpayers to further an alarmist agenda.

You see, energy companies just pass the costs of these draconian regulations through to the consumer in the form of huge price increases.

As a result, you will pay higher gas prices, higher electric prices, and higher costs for goods.

Barack Obama has estimated the costs of this legislation to American taxpayers to be over 650 BILLION dollars over the next eight years, and that figure is no doubt just a fraction of the real cost.

But even that modest estimate amounts to hundreds of dollars a year in increased living expenses for every family -- and will more likely cost thousands a year.

And according to the Heritage Foundation, between 1.2 and 2.3 million jobs could be lost over the next ten-years due to the bill’s stifling regulations.

This current economic crisis is no time for Congress to consider both raising prices on hard-working Americans AND costing them jobs.

That’s why we must act now to send a message to Congress to reject this disastrous Cap-and-Tax Scheme.

The office number for Representative Elijah E. Cummings is (202) 225-4741. Call now and ask for the staff member that deals with Energy policy. Politely but firmly tell them that you are opposed to this costly government power grab.

Supporters of the legislation are of course trying to downplay the cost of this scheme to the American people.

But if the bill does not directly and massively increase energy costs to consumers, how would it possibly achieve its stated aims?

It is only through these massive cost increases -- mandated and enforced by the federal government -- that the dubious goal of reducing carbon emissions could possibly be reached. The only alternative to huge energy price increases would be massive, government-ordered power outages, leaving Americans literally in-the-dark like some war-torn Third World Country.

So please call Rep. Elijah E. Cummings at (202) 225-4741 and speak out in opposition to this hidden tax.

You’ve shown what an impact grassroots action can make toward Auditing the Fed.

Let’s unleash that same R3volution in opposition to this Big Government Cap-and-Tax Scheme.

In Liberty,

John Tate

P.S. Congress is trying to skyrocket your cost of living with hidden “taxes” from the Cap-and-Trade Bill. Call your Representative, Elijah E. Cummings, at (202) 225-4741 and speak out in opposition of this hidden tax hike and expansion of Big Government.