Many small business owners around the country are sending their complaints loud and clear to capital hill when it comes to the cap-and-tax global warming legislation currently being debate in Senate committees.
Plus, as an added bonus, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says cap-and-trade will have absolutely no effect whatsoever on greenhouse gas emissions. See below.
Fox News reports:
The revolution will not be televised: it’s been blinking along on a giant bakery sign in St. Louis, Mo., instead.
Fed up with his congressman’s vote on a sweeping climate-change bill that passed the House of Representatives on Saturday, the proprietor of McArthur’s Bakery took to his street sign and posted a clear message to all passersby:
“Russ Carnahan voted to … close us and other … small business.”
David McArthur, vice president of the 52-year-old family operation, a Gateway City institution, is one of a growing number of business owners and taxpayers nationwide who are mobilizing against the so-called cap-and-trade bill, which would levy harsh fines on energy consumption that harms the environment.
McArthur told FOXNews.com that every aspect of his business relies on the forms of energy targeted by the American Clean Energy and Security Act, and that his congressman, Carnahan, was supporting “a direct tax increase on small business” by voting for it.
“We make (our product) with electricity, we bake it with gas, we refrigerate and freeze it with electricity and we distribute it with gas and oil,” said McArthur, who said he worries that high prices could cost his company up to $15,000 a year in an industry with a very tight margin for profit.
The legislation requires that the country reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020. Big energy plants and producers would have a cap on emissions like carbon dioxide, but could purchase “credits” from other companies that have met their reduction goals. The Obama administration says it will pump hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy.
The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the plan would have a minimal effect on most taxpayers, costing an average family about 25 cents a day in its first years of implementation.
But the effect on small businesses could be wide-reaching.
“He’s killing small business — he’s killing us,” McArthur said of Carnahan, who was one of a majority of Democrats who voted for the bill in a closely fought 219-212 vote.
McArthur, who penned a scathing letter to Carnahan, is not alone in taking the message directly to his congressman. Dozens of small protests were organized over the weekend at federal buildings and outside the offices of national lawmakers who voted for the bill.
Mike Wilson, who led a protest in Cincinnati of about 100 people on Saturday across from the offices of Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio, said he was appalled by the 1,500-page legislation, which was fast-tracked by House leaders for a vote Friday. A 310-page amendment was slapped onto the bill Friday morning.
“It was, quite frankly, criminal passing a bill that you didn’t read,” said Wilson, founder of the anti-tax group Cincinnati Tea Party.
The TEA Parties around the country are now beginning to include irritation with the cap-and-trade legislation along with the increasing debt and tax burden we’re already seeing.
Now for the best part, the EPA made a statement in hearing that studies show any form of cap-and-trade will not change greenhouse gas emissions in the United States:
EPA Administrator Jackson confirmed an EPA analysis showing that unilateral U.S. action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would have no effect on climate. Moreover, when presented with an EPA chart depicting that outcome, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said he disagreed with EPA’s analysis.
“I believe the central parts of the [EPA] chart are that U.S. action alone will not impact world CO2 levels,” Administrator Jackson said.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) presented the chart to both Jackson and Secretary Chu, which shows that meaningful emissions reductions cannot occur without aggressive action by China, India, and other developing countries. “I am encouraged that Administrator Jackson agrees that unilateral action by the U.S. will be all cost for no climate gain,” Sen. Inhofe said. “With China and India recently issuing statements of defiant opposition to mandatory emissions controls, acting alone through the job-killing Waxman-Markey bill would impose severe economic burdens on American consumers, businesses, and families, all without any impact on climate.”
China will never come on board and neither will India, they aren’t that stupid to destroy their economies for a total global warming lie.
The bottom line then is that if cap-and-trade passes, it will only be a way to take your wealth in new taxes and fees on your utility bills. Even the EPA admits it will have no positive environmental effect, it is all a scam intended on growing government control and influence in the private sector and placating liberal groups like Greenpeace.
Don’t buy it! Call your Senator and tell them to oppose any form of cap-and-trade and ask them why they are going to raise your utility bills for a hoax.