Monday, May 25, 2009

Ask Your U.S. Legislators to Vote "No" on Cap and Trade

Cap and Trade (H.R. 2454) is a corporate tax on carbon emissions based on the politically-motivated concept of man-made global warming. It's the largest tax increase in U.S. history. Businesses which don't have lots of extra money lying around will be forced to raise their product prices and cut their budgets to pay the tax. These budget cuts will include job losses. "Cap-and-trade has such a detrimental effect on employment in the U.S. that the Act contains a special section to provide a three-year package of unemployment benefits to workers who lose their jobs as a result of its implementation," writes Jeffrey Huff.

Everyone you know who lives on a tight budget will suffer. The Heritage Foundation estimates that the average U.S. household's energy expenses will rise $1500 per year if the Cap and Trade bill is enacted. Not only will their energy expenses rise, but the costs of every product the family purchases will go up because the businesses that make the products will have increased expenses due to the Carbon Tax.

Democrat leaders say that Cap and Trade will not affect the little guy. Logic tells us that Cap and Trade will hurt the little guy more dramatically than it hurts everybody else.

According to American Future Fund, Cap and Trade "raises taxes, kills jobs and will lead to more government intrusion."

The good news: Even though this bill passed a House Committee last week, there are some Democrat legislators who are not inclined to go along with this tax scheme. Public outcry can influence the House vote and the Senate vote. Some of them know that man-made global warming is a farce, others know that their constituents will face massive job layoffs, and others are imagining Aunt Marge and Uncle Fred not being able to pay their bills.

Take action! Contact your U.S. Representative and Senators. Ask them to vote "no" on Cap & Trade. You can call, fax, email, or sign this petition. If you already phoned these folks, please do so again. If enacted, Cap and Trade will be a disaster for families and for our economy.

U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)
U.S. Capitol office 202-224-5941 or toll-free 1-877-768-3255
Denver office 303-650-7820

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
U.S. Capitol office 202-224-5852
702 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Colorado office 303-455-7600

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman. (R-CO, District 6)
U.S. Capitol office 202-225-7882

All U.S. Senators’ e-mail addresses U.S. Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121

Take additional action! Call your closest friend/relative on a fixed income, and talk to them about their food, energy & product prices going up. Encourage them to contact their Congressman and Senators. Google their Senators' phone numbers first, so you're ready to walk your loved one through this process. These phone calls are very simple, but they can be intimidating to someone who's never done this before.

Take even more action! Forward this to people on your email list who are motivated to make the calls: business people, scientists, conservative voters, workers from struggling companies and people on fixed incomes.

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