Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cap and Trade and You

This is new legislation that just passed in the House of Representatives and is now being considered in the Senate.

The American Clean Energy and Security Act (HR 2454) is a complex bill that contains provisions for reducing green house emissions to help stop global warming. It "supports" climate change and clean energy legislation. The bill does this by placing caps (limits) on the amount of some industrial pollution. Some industries will be permitted to exceed the specified limits by buying permits for the additional pollution generated. These costs are passed along to consumers.

How Does This Affect Me?
In Section 304, called the "Building Energy Performance Labeling Program", it says that your house belongs to the state. The government wants a country of energy efficient homes - including yours! This bill mandates that new homes be 30% more efficient than the current building code. This efficiency rating goes to 50% by 2014 and higher after that to 2030. So you don't have a new home?

You're not off the hook! The law requires states to "label" all their buildings (including homes) so they know their respective efficiency ratings. All Buildings!!! The state becomes empowered to inspect your home for one of these reasons:
  • You want to sell it.
  • You want to renovate it.
  • You want to change the name of the person responsible for the utilities.

During the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression, does it make sense to increase all consumer energy costs? Why expand government powers to regulate homes? Opponents to the legislation say that it will cost the average person several thousand dollars a year. Electricity costs will double, gasoline will increase by $1.00 per gallon, and on and on... THIS IS JUST A THEORY!!!

Stop the insanity. Tell your Senators to vote a resounding "NO" on Cap and Trade.

1 comment:

  1. Yet another great idea for the government to take YOUR hard earned money and spend it as they see fit. I am all for making improvements in the efficiency of homes, vehicles etc. but this is a huge scam. We must realize that this is just another tax with a fancy new name, packaged to be appealing to the masses. Stop the insanity. What is next, a tax on the CO2 I expel from breathing? I have a feeling that is where this bill is going.