Uh, we should probably be paying a bit more attention to this…

24 06 2009

I know Mark Sanford’s affair and political implosion is the most important thing to have happened to the United States since the historic election of Barack Obama, but while we’re all distracted by the lurid tales of the South Carolina Governor and his Argentinian lover, the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill will be voted on by the House.  In the vein of not actually knowing what they’re voting for, most (if not all) Representatives have not bothered to actually read the 1200+ page bill.  Including Henry Waxman himself.

Klaatu barada nikto!

Klaatu barada nikto!

I guess some things are too important to actually carefully study, like a bill that would starve the sputtering American economic engine of even more fuel (almost literally) by working towards a carbon cap and trade scheme.

I’ve never contacted my Representative of Senator before, but I will on this.  You should too; perhaps yours will be more responsive than Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.  Get the information here.  It’s a few minutes of your time, and it couldn’t possibly hurt.

If you need any reason to oppose this bill or any cap and trade scheme, consider the effect it will have on energy costs:

If I didn't know better, I'd say Henry Waxman was from California...

If I didn't know better, I'd say Henry Waxman was from California...

Read more about the map above at the PowerLine blog.

As if Michigan and the rest of the Rust Belt, not to mention the rest of the country, needed any more economic obstacles to recovery.  People are having trouble staying in their homes—now they are going to have to struggle to heat or cool it on top of that?  Perhaps this is an argument that even Kilpatrick can understand, seeing as Michigan has been suffering more severely and for far longer than the rest of the country.

There’s a reason cap and trade is often referred to as “cap and tax.”  If this was about protecting the environment, it could be made a revenue neutral program; instead, it’s a huge fundraiser that also has the no-so-unintended consequence of placing our carbon-based economy in a government visegrip.

That may be true, but it sure as hell doesn't run on Hope and Change either.

That may be true, but it sure as hell doesn't run on Hope and Change either.

I think we’re beginning to see how we’ll be paying for that free healthcare.  But of course, if you’re not making over $250k, this won’t effect you or your wallet.  If you use candles to light your home.

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