June 1, 2008
UPDATE: On June 2nd, the Senate voted on the cloture motion to proceed to debate of the Lieberman-Warner cap-and-trade bill. The cloture vote passed by a vote of 74-14 (Roll Call 141). Just before the vote was taken, it became clear that the vote would not provide a clear distinction between supporters and opponents of the bill. Some Senators who are opposed to Lieberman-Warner voted YES on cloture in order to force a loud, public debate on this disastrous bill. We will keep you fully updated as the debate proceeds, so stay tuned!
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid intends to bring the disastrous cap-and-trade energy-rationing bill to the Senate floor this week. A cloture vote on the motion to proceed to debate of the bill is scheduled for Monday, June 2nd, so there is no time to waste! Get your calls into your Senators' offices now!
Sponsored by Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and John Warner (R-VA), America's Climate Security Act (S. 2191) would restrict energy use to combat so-called "global warming." This bill has received lots of hype, but very little serious analysis of its implications.
There are FOUR Major Problems with the Senate Cap-and-Trade bill:
- Drastically increases energy taxes. The bill forces down supply by restricting carbon dioxide emissions from coal, oil, and natural gas, and thus boosts the price of energy.
- Hurts the American consumer. Higher energy costs will hit poorer Americans the hardest. If Lieberman-Warner passes, the manufacturing sector projects that over 1 million jobs will be lost by 2022 and two million by 2027. The price of household energy, including electricity, will also drastically increase.
- Massively increases scope of government. Lieberman-Warner puts the federal government in charge of deciding how much energy Americans can use. This is an unacceptable infiltration into the lives and liberty of American citizens.
- The same Cap-and-Trade policies in Europe are proven failures. The environmental benefits have proven small to non-existent. The bill reduces emissions of "greenhouse gases" in the United States only. China is the world's largest polluter, with India and other fast-developing nations not far behind. This bill is nothing more than a giant tax increase and an attempt to increase governmental control over your lives!
A recent poll conducted by the National Center for Public Policy Research found that 65% of Americans oppose spending even a penny more for gasoline in an effort to reduce "greenhouse gas" emissions.
The Lieberman-Warner bill promises hardship for the economy and the American consumer. Call your Senators' Capitol Hill offices now and tell them to vote NO on Lieberman-Warner today!