Leaders in the House cobbled together enough compromises late Monday night to get the dreaded “Cap and Trade” bill to the floor this Friday. More accurately referred to as “Cap and Tax,” the Waxman-Markey climate legislation is an enormous energy tax that would deal a severe blow to our already shaky economy.
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It is vital that you Take Action now. We are asking that you take some time to do three things.
1. Click here to send an email to your Representative.
2. Call (866) 928-3035 or (866) 928-0525 for the House switchboard where you can be transferred to your Representative’s office. (Find your Representative here.)
3. Forward this email to your friends and urge them to take action against this harmful legislation.
The positive effects of the Waxman-Markey bill on the climate are negligible, by some estimates, almost impossible to measure. On the other hand, the effects it would have on our economy and way of life are devastating.
At the same time many are losing jobs and struggling to get by on less, the Cap and Trade plan would raise energy rates across the board. That means sky-high electricity rates, and more pain at the pump. The CBO has estimated the bill could mean another 77 cents per gallon of gasoline. Higher electricity and fuel prices add to the over-all cost of everything, like food from farms where growers depend on fertilizers, tractors, and transportation. It’s one thing to conserve, but getting to work for the millions who don’t live near public transportation, and lighting and heating our homes are essentials people can’t avoid.
Independent estimates say that families could pay $3,000 more a year on energy and the entire plan would take $2 trillion from our economy in just over eight years. Numbers like these come at a very real cost, not just in terms of your wallet but in terms of the many, many jobs this legislation gambles with. If you would like more information, please click here to read our Top 10 list.
Waxman-Markey’s Cap and Trade is a plan that shoots us in the foot. We can’t afford this bill, especially when it means nothing in return. Please email and call your legislators now.