Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be focusing this week on blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from its plans to implement a ‘backdoor’ Cap and Trade tax. The EPA under direction from the Obama Administration regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, is trying to force through tougher carbon emission standards which will amount to higher fees and taxes on small business. McConnell is adding an amendment to the Small Business Reauthorization Act, coordinating with the House Energy Tax Prevention Act from Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). Upton′s bill would prohibit the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate so-called ‘greenhouse gases’, most notably, carbon dioxide. As we, who actually read a science book now and then, know, carbon dioxide is hardly a ‘greenhouse gas’, as the vast majority of its sources are biological. Every time you exhale, you emit CO2. The Number One source of CO2 is, in fact, termites, who, pound-for-pound, represent the single largest mass of life on Earth.
Democrats, who want to regulate and tax every aspect of our lives, are attempting to oppose McConnell’s amendment in the Senate. Leading the effort is Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). In the House, there seems little doubt that the GOP will pass Upton′s bill. But to stop the EPA cold in its tracks would require a victory in the Senate. While Democrats do still hold a slim majority in the Senate, 23 of them will be up for reelection in 2012. If the EPA is allowed to move forward with its plans, the end result will be less job creation, if not an outright net job loss!
Rockefeller′s own bill on the matter would ‘delay’ the EPA, but would not stop those regulations already enacted. His bill is essentially political ‘cover’ for Democrats to hide behind. One major flaw in Rockefeller′s proposal completing ignores the EPA′s National Air Ambient Quality standards. Some economists have calculated that this regulation alone would cost American industry some $1 Trillion dollars per year and could result in a loss of up to 7 Million jobs! Rockefeller′s bill also does not prevent the EPA from adding additional carbon standards to vehicle emissions, nor prevents the EPA from sitting on applications for new construction permits.
Sen. Mitch McConnell needs our support to get his amendment to the Small Business Reauthorization Act passed. This will block the Environmental Protection Agency from any further regulations that would ‘backdoor’ a Cap and Trade Tax on carbon dioxide emissions. The EPA is moving quickly on its plans to expand its power grab. If they succeed, it will mean higher prices for gasoline, as well as other consumer items, and cost our economy $1 Trillion dollars and as many as 7 Million jobs. Are not the White House and Democrats suppose to be working to create jobs? Apparently not! Please contact your U.S. senators and Congressmen and demand that they support the McConnell amendment!