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06-24-2009, 10:10 AM
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Oppose Cap and Trade 'Tax' Increase Bill

Larry Greenley | John Birch Society (http://www.jbs.org/)
23 June 2009

“[U]nder my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” -- Barack Obama

An expensive new “tax” bill will be considered on the floor of the House as early as this Friday, June 26. This bill is known as the “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009,” H.R. 2454, also known as the Waxman-Markey climate change bill.

Most Americans know this bill as a “cap-and-trade” bill for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and global warming by creating a system of pollution permits that energy companies must buy before releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

There are several very important reasons for Americans to oppose this bill:

(1) At exactly the time when more and more Americans are realizing that our federal government is out of control, this bill would establish a whole new unconstitutional activity of the federal government and give it yet another regulatory tool for increasing the cost of doing business, which would necessarily translate into higher costs for consumers.

(2) This bill would lead to increased expenses for American households of thousands of dollars per year. A recent Congressional Budget Office report (http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/102xx/doc10262/hr2454.pdf) estimated that the cost per household would be as little as $175 per year. However, the Heritage Foundation has responded with “CBO Grossly Underestimates Costs of Cap and Trade (http://blog.heritage.org/2009/06/22/cbo-grossly-underestimates-costs-of-cap-and-trade/),” in which they point out that the CBO study assumes nearly 100% of the increased costs for businesses will be rebated to consumers by the federal government (when has this ever happened?) and omits consideration of negative impacts on the economy of thousands of dollars per household per year. Bottom line, don’t rely on the CBO report to be an accurate forecast of the additional costs you’ll be paying each year due to this cap and trade bill. For additional analysis of the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill, see "The Waxman-Markey Global Warming Bill: Is the Economic Pain Justified by the Environmental Gain? (http://www.heritage.org/Research/EnergyandEnvironment/tst062309a.cfm)"

(3) The whole reason for existence of the expensive cap and trade scheme in H.R. 2454 is based on the global warming myth that man’s activities are producing significant temperature increases. Take a cold bath in reality by reading "A Cooling Trend Toward Global Warming (http://thenewamerican.com/index.php/tech-mainmenu-30/environment/942)."

We must not provide the federal government with new powers to regulate businesses that would lead to at least hundreds of dollars of new expenses per household each year and more likely to thousands of dollars of new expenses per year.

Take action now (http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=972&Screen=alert&IssueId=18587) and help preserve your freedom and prosperity by telling your representative in the U.S. House that you are strongly opposed to the cap and trade 'tax' increase bill, H.R. 2454!


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06-24-2009, 10:34 AM
[u]nder my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. -- Barack Obama

YouTube - Change power behavior (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydqg7ThZB04)

06-24-2009, 10:56 AM
I actually agree with Prince Barry this time, but not for the same reasons as most might think, and certainly not for his reasons.

Cap and Trade, in all of its bureaucratic splendor, is as good or as bad as any bill which has been produced in the last few months.

Electric power is neither a right nor a privilege, but a consumer service, and if you don't like power prices, go out and make your own power.

I believe that this Draconian Bill will pass, but that the "independence backlash" will further empower many folks to go off-grid, which will further encourage barter and even revitalize the REAL money movement.

I think of it as the "Power Prohibition Law."


Conserve power.

Learn to re-use water- again and again and again.

Build a cistern or above home water tank.

Install PV, solar concentrators and micro-wind.

Ride a bike or walk.

Charge your own batteries and run as many lights and appliances on DC (AC inverters waste 20% of power in heat loss).

Retrofit your "clunker" and drive an electric car (costs about $15K FRNs).

Grow your own food and fuel.

Drive a bio-Diesel.

Think off-grid and let the panicking masses worry about Cap and Trade.

Convert your living space into a Power "Speakeasy."

06-24-2009, 01:34 PM
I will build my own coal power plant in my backyard.

06-25-2009, 06:47 AM
Campaign for Liberty action alert on the same issue:

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, 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 (your Rep here). 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 (your Rep here) 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, (your Rep here) and speak out in opposition of this hidden tax hike and expansion of Big Government.

06-25-2009, 07:52 AM
Bumping this.

Pelosi is going to try to force this one through ala the stimulus bill.

Please help make some noise about this.

Heaven Net
07-03-2009, 11:45 AM
As reported by Grassfire.org, Speaker of the House "Pelosi just announced that she wants a House Floor vote on the cap-and-trade Carbon Tax NEXT WEEK. As a result, she is forcing several House committees to finish their work on the massive bill in the next 24 hours. Pelosi is pressing the Agriculture Committee for a vote.... tell the Democrats on that committee to STOP FAST-TRACKING THE CARBON TAX.

07-03-2009, 12:01 PM
House already passed this last Friday... It's dead in the Senate as it stands but, probably, they'll bribe the US Senators with Billions in Pork for their Re-elections donaters.

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07-03-2009, 03:13 PM
From ACES:

Establishment of:

Clean Energy Innovation Centers
Building Assessment Centers
Industrial Research and Assessment Centers
Centers for Environmental Knowledge and Outreach
Clean Energy Applications Centers
Incentives for Innovative Technologies Fund
Clean Energy Deployment Administration
Energy Technology Advisory Council
Clean Energy Investment Fund
Offshore Renewable Energy Facilities
National Bioenergy Partnership
Office of Consumer Advocacy

Coordinated with existing:

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate
Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives
Council on Environmental Quality
Secretary of the Interior
CONEG Policy Research Center
Council of Great lakes Governors
Southern States Energy Board
Western Governors Association
Pacific Regional Biomass Energy Partnership
Washington State University Energy Program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Secretary of the Department of Labor
Office of the Federal Procurement Policy
Comptroller General of the United States
Government Accountability Office
National laboratories
Advanced Research Projects Agency
Energy Frontier Research Centers
Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers
Building Technology Program
Industrial Technologies Program

...and that brings me to page 300. Only 900 some pages to go.