It really kills me that people are for this. I called my congressman John P. Sarbanes and told him my displeasure for his voting for this huge tax and that it was a scam. I got a generic reply of how good this is going to be for us, create Green jobs, ect… What a load of crap. He did not address the costs being passed on to all Americans and the restriction of energy with no means to expand use of natural resources to give people relief. Here the emails from him and my response. All your comments are welcome. Needless to say I have not heard back.
July 10, 2009
Dear Ms. Bullock-hock:
Thank you for contacting me about climate change and our nation’s energy
policy. I appreciate hearing from you on this issue and I welcome the
opportunity to respond.
After years of debate and study about the scope of the problem, root
causes, impacts and potential solutions, the Congress is taking historic
action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent dangerous and
irreversible global warming. Recently, the full House of
Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of
2009 (H.R. 2454). I must tell you that I supported this critical first
step in putting a new energy framework in place – one that is good for
the environment, reduces our dependency on fossil fuels and creates a
whole host of new energy jobs.
By developing a long term and sustainable energy strategy, we can
address economic, national security, and environmental policy priorities
in one fell swoop. We can diversify our energy portfolio and end our
dependence on energy sources from volatile parts of the world. By
revolutionizing our energy industry and becoming an exporter of clean
energy technologies, we will be able to maintain our competitive
advantage as a nation and ensure a prosperous future for our children.
Just as growth in information technology served as the driving force
behind the economic boom of the 1990’s, the development of clean energy
technology and green jobs will spur tremendous growth and offer
long-term relief to the American economy.
Although this is a major step, there is still much to be done. The bill
must eventually be reconciled with Senate legislation. I am mindful of
the fact that many believe the bill is too aggressive; others believe it
is not strong enough. The legislation is not perfect and I will weigh
your views carefully as we proceed, always looking to improve the final
product. We have an amazing opportunity to hand our children a better
future and we cannot let that opportunity slip through our fingers. The
data supporting the existence of climate change is real and compelling.
We must act now and demonstrate the leadership and discipline to pursue
solutions that are based on science and will adequately protect
prosperity and health for generations to come.
Some of the major features of the American Clean Energy and Security Act
Invest in clean energy technologies and create green jobs
Cap and reduce greenhouse gases to levels that will prevent global
Require utility companies to generate energy from renewable sources
Develop capabilities to capture and store carbon emissions
Provide support for development of electric vehicles
Support state energy efficiency measures
Advance smart grid technologies so electricity is delivered
Provide consumer rebates for the purchase of energy efficient products
Again, I appreciate hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact
me about other issues of concern to you in the future.
Member of Congress
To: Congressman John Sarbanes <[email protected]>
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I appreciate your response, but this Cap in Trade is nothing but a scam.
Carbon emissions will not be reduced because what is left of our
manufacturing jobs will go to India, China, or Mexico because they don’t
care about emmissions and will make it cheaper for companies to do
business. This is just another way for you Democrats to get more taxes to
give to people who don’t want to work or illegal immigrants. Working
Americans are tired of supporting people who don’t want to pull their
weight. I got laid off from the mortgage industry 3 years ago from a $90k
/yr job. I’ve had temp work that pays $10-16/hr since. I have no health
insurance, and cannot find a job that meets my education background (I have
an M.B.A.) but I don’t feel that it is other tax payers responsibility to
support me. I make a lot of sacrifices and make it work. There are a lot
of bills that I can’t pay. Maybe you should follow suit and not spend our
money that we don’t have. The American people cannot afford this TAX or
government health care. I don’t have not one extra penny in my household
and Cap in Trade is nothing but a way to take more of MY MONEY. Please stop
thinking of ways to take more of American’s money and stay out of our
wallets. We are sitting on enough natural resources that we don’t have to
import another drop of oil or natural gas, but for some reason it is being
kept locked up, and working Americans are being made to suffer, and
apparently you don’t think we are suffering enough. Hopefully the person
that reads this has the nerve to actually show it to you. Maryland’s energy
costs are already through the roof, If this passes I’m sure you will loose a
lot of votes, and certainly will not get any new ones. Please stop
contributing to spending that will BANKRUPT our nation. It’s like with your
children–sometimes you have to tell them: NO we don’t have the money.
On Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM, Congressman John Sarbanes <
[email protected]> wrote: