Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011

And so things get curiouser and curiouser. Today the New York Times reported that the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 which, in essence, rejects the extremely well founded claim that excess amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere caused by human activity are a threat to the environment and human well being. They can't possibly be as dangerous as the EPA contends the House asserts, because, after all, the resources necessary to limit greenhouse gas emissions will hamper economic growth and the creation of new jobs. The best way to handle all this, at least according to the Republicans who are sponsoring such a bill, is to ignore the evidence and declare carbon dioxide benign. As Mitch McConnell has said, the redoubtable Senate Majority leader who is promoting similar ideas in the Senate, to oppose this bill is "to insult the millions of Americans who are already struggling to make ends meet or find a job." Raising taxes is not the way to help these folks, nor is it a good idea, according to Mr. McConnell, to invest in alternative sources of energy, so instead lies are perpetuated to promote this absurd agenda which only plays into the hands of enormous oil companies and others who can reap huge profits if EPA regulations are repealed. We may be choking on carbon dioxide gas, but at least our tax burden will be slightly less onerous. That will do a lot of good for everyone over the long haul. No leadership. No vision. No understanding of the real problems facing us. Definitely does not bode well for the future. Our only solace: "President Obama has promised to veto any measure to limit EPA authority." Go Mr. President!

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