The TRUE Cost of "Cap and Trade"

Documenting the coming economic collapse, thanks to Obama and "global warming."

Cap and tax delayed until September July 9, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Curtis @ 12:49 pm

Michelle Malkin reports:

Evidence that the global warming zealots are feeling the heat: The Senate Democrats have decided to delay action on cap-and-tax until after the August recess.

Your calls and faxes are not in vain. Keep it up:

The primary U.S. Senate committee responsible for writing climate change legislation will delay its work until September, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer said on Thursday.

Boxer, who earlier this week said she wanted her committee to finish writing its portion of legislation mandating reductions in carbon dioxide emissions before an early August recess, told reporters that instead, “We’ll do it as soon as we get back” in September.

The delay could be a setback to President Barack Obama, who wants quick congressional action on a climate change bill.

This is GLORIOUS NEWS.  But that doesn’t mean we can sit back and relax.  Contact the Senate.  Keep telling them this is a bill that will hurt the economy, hurt American families, fail to make any significant impact, and is based on faulty, politically-driven science.

 

Gone for the 4th of July… July 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Curtis @ 11:17 am

Taking some time off to enjoy the 4th of July with my family.

If there’s a Tea Party in the area, I might pop in for a while and this is what I’ll be putting on my sign:

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Happy 4th to you and yours.

 

Offsetting energy costs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Curtis @ 11:16 am

From Kate at Small Dead Animals:

“The bill (H.R. 2454) requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide monthly cash payments, or “energy stamps”, to low-income households for their estimated “loss in their purchasing power” resulting from the Democrats’ national energy tax. The bill establishes a national standard of eligibility (covering everyone under 150% of the poverty line). Energy stamps would reach an estimated 65 million individuals (about 20 percent of all US residents) – making it a larger program than welfare, food stamps, or even Medicaid. (H.R. 2454, American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, Sec. 431, p. 1193)”

So for the hardworking Americans who make over 150% of the poverty level, you’re S.O.L.   Utility bills up 100%?  Tough.  Deal with it.  Gas at $6.00/gallon?  Too bad.  Food prices doubled?  Eat less.

Because the government will make sure some people aren’t forced into making such tough decisions.


 

A little tanget July 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Curtis @ 10:21 pm

This isn’t exactly related to cap and trade, but it ties in directly to the notion, held dearly by leftists, liberals and environmentalists, that the government can tax and control your behavior because, well, they can* (see tangent below).

And this shouldn’t be rocket science to anyone – when you tax something, you get less of it.  Why do you think politicians tax cigarettes?  Or want to tax alcohol or “junk food”?  It’s because they want you to do less – less smoking, less drinking, less eating.

The purpose of “cap and trade” is the same.  It is designed to make energy prices skyrocket (in Obama’s own words) so YOU use less energy.  Not by choice, but by fiscal mandate.

The same thing applies to gas taxes.  Sure, politicians can bloviate all they want about the “evil” oil companies and exorbitant prices.  But taxies levied against an oil company for “excessive profits ” aren’t paid by the company.  They’re passed along to the consumer.  And anyone who tells you otherwise is either naive or a liar.  So when you raise taxes on oil companies to “punish” them, the consumer gets it in the end and high gas prices discourage driving.

How do I know that?

Because it’s been on the eco-facists’ agenda for a while.  They, of course, always look at Europe as the model of efficiency, forgetting that most of the European continent (3,930,000 sq mi) is only slightly larger than the entire COUNTRY of the United States (3,794,066 sq mi).  In a lot of European cities, public transportation makes sense because the cities are laid out in a commuter-friendly way.  Only a few major metropolitan areas in the United States can say the same (I, for example, probably wouldn’t drive a car on a daily basis if I lived in Chicago, because we’ve spent time there getting around easily on public transportation – including the EL and the subway…something my home city doesn’t have).

Lots of people live in suburban areas that were not designed to accomodate such mass transit.

And I believe – thanks to American ingenuity and hard work – people should be able to leave the city (especially when cities are often rife with violence and other crime) and live where they please.

Anyway, if increased taxes are designed to curb behavior, they work.  When gas prices were up in my area around $3-$4/gallon last year, it curbed driving.

But there’s an unintended consequence politicians either forget about or plan to compensate for by more taxes.  And that’s decreased tax revenue.  Because even if you raise taxes on a product with the intention of forcing people to use less of the product, people will use less, but you’ll also reap less tax revenue.  It happened with gas taxes.

So what’s the new proposed solution?  Abolishing the gas tax and taxing you by the mile.  GPS systems in your car.  Which, yes, means the government will know not only how far you drive, but where you drive** (more on that below, too) and tax you accordingly.

As of right now, the proposed measure is 1-2 cents per mile for cars and light trucks.  Okay.  I drive about 1,200 miles a month give or take.  That’s about $12 bucks.  But what’s to stop the government from raising that to 10-cents a mile?  50-cents?  A dollar?  Or more?

All in the name of protecting the environment.  On top of cap and trade, which will pretty much raise the price of energy by 100% and everything else anywhere between 50% and 100%, can you afford that, too?

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Tangents within a tangent

* Why is it liberals think they can control everything you say and do, including what we eat and how we exercise, and even endorsing moratoriums on children and/or sterilization in the name of “environmental protection” but will turn around and absolutely blow a gasket if someone dares talk about abstinence education, points out that the pill causes environmental damage too, or that perhaps random promiscuous sex is bad for your health?

When the government limits what we can eat, how many kids we can have, or hauls some of us off to fat camp in the name of “national health”, my body is suddenly their business.  But the second I (who am pro-life) say they shouldn’t kill another human being who happens to be “inconvienient” or “unplanned”, or oppose same-sex marriage, suddenly what they do in the privacy of their homes or the abortion clinic is none of our damned business.

Hypocritical much?

** Like this won’t be abused.  Come on, you just KNOW that there’s some politician or PC leftwing group out there who’d be absolutely itching to use the GPS information to track all sorts of things.  Like, you know, if you make too many stops at the local custard stand or if you just happen to go to a church that professes an “old attitude” toward something like gay marriage.  If cap and trade is going to have government officials coming to your house to inspect it for “eco-friendliness” before you’re allowed to sell your own personal property, what’s going to stop some Food Czar or Goodthink Czar from showing up to talk about your little side trips to unapproved places that make Obama sad?

 

A plea for help June 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Curtis @ 1:35 am

I’m one person, with a job and a family, who has finite amounts of time and energy to spend trolling the Internet and/or watching television for news on cap and trade.

I really would appreciate it if you – any readers I may have – could help.

How, you ask?  Simple.

  1. Send me news articles.  I want as much of my blog cited with online sources as possible.  This also gives me time to look at and verify the vailidity of sources.
  2. Spread the word.  Tell family and friends about the blog.  Link me from your blog.
  3. Put up signs (obey all local ordinances, please).  I created simple signs that read:

Drive a car? (or “Own a home?” or “Buy food?” or “Heat your home?”)

Cap and Trade legislation

Punishes YOU

find out how at http://www.capandtradecosts.wordpress.com

We can help defeat this in the Senate and we can send a clear message to any politician – Democrat OR Republican – who votes for this travesty of a bill that, come 2010 and 2012, we will remember their names and we will vote against them.  They – like all the people who work for energy/manufacturing companies affected by cap and trade – will be out of a job.

 

What is “cap and trade”? June 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy Curtis @ 11:59 pm

The first thing we need to do is explain what the term, and the legislation, commonly known as “cap and trade” means.

“Cap and trade” is an economic policy – according to politicians – aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and helping to curb “global warming.”  In the United States, the bill H.R. 2454, known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 and sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman (D, California) and Edward Markey (D, Massachusettes).

According to the Heritage Foundation, the bill’s provisions go into effect in 2012.

The goal of the cap and trade bill is to

(1) cap and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, annually, so that GHG emissions from capped sources are reduced to 97% of 2005 levels by 2012, 83% by 2020, 58% by 2030, and 17% by 2050; and (2) establish a federal GHG registry.

The “cap” portion is the reduction of GHG emissions, the “trade” portion is the use of taxes and fees to offset any exceeding of those caps.

But how is that done?

Through a complex, almost indescribable, system of taxes and fees and “carbon offset” purchases – things that will be levied against any company that produces anything – and especially energy companies (read: power plants) and manufacturers (who manufacture everything from food and clothing to industrial machinery and tools).  Those costs will not be absorbed by energy companies OR manufacturing plants.  They will be passed along to you, the consumer.

And we’ll show you how.