Cap and Trade Tax Nearing a Vote in the House
Update 6/26 evening: This bill narrowly passed the house 219 to 212 with several democrats voting with republicans. Now it moves on to the senate where we have our best chance to stop it.
Our government moved another step closer today to instituting a new major energy tax that will ultimately be paid for by every consumers. There is even a provision in the bill that gives money to low income households to help off-set the price increases in energy usage.
There are so many things wrong with this bill, it is hard to know where to start. The most glaring issue is that our government is in a hurry to pass this bill. Why? More and more studies are being published that show that man made global warming is at best wrong and and worst a hoax.
The number of skeptics, far from shrinking, is swelling. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe now counts more than 700 scientists who disagree with the U.N. — 13 times the number who authored the U.N.’s 2007 climate summary for policymakers.
There is a great story in the WSJ by Kimberly A. Strassel detailing several of the facts that our government and our media refuse to tell us. As more and more people become aware of the lies that have been told to the American people, congress is worried that there will be ramifications for supporting the bill if they don’t act now.
Through yesterday, the Waxman-Markey bill totaled a little over 1,000 pages. Early this morning, Congressman Waxman introduced an additional 300 pages of legislation to the bill. I am concerned that most congressmen won’t even bother to read the new provisions before voting to pass the bill. There is a good post over at Hotair laying out further issues with the bill.
The cost of the bill is also up for debate. At one point, the CBO reported that it would cost the average American over $6,000 per year in extra costs. This made Nancy Pelosi very mad and shortly afterward, the CBO came out with a new estimate of only a few hundred dollars per year per household. However, this is due to a provision in the bill that relaxed the standards and prices for the next 10 years. After which, you can expect to pay an additional $6,000 in energy taxes. All of this to combat man made climate change which as at least highly debatable.
For example, it is estimated that the price of gas would raise by approximately 77 cents a gallon as oil refineries pay for additional permits.
If you want to put a stop to this non-sense, I urge you to call your representative. Michelle Malkin has a post that lets you know who you should call and how to get in touch with them. If you are so sure that man is causing global warming that you are willing to pay $6,000 to fight it, then by all means, call your representative to support them. However, if you are sick and tired of legislation being rammed down your throat, call you representative and let them know that you do not support the Waxman Markey bill.