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    Key Vote "No" on the Energy Independence and Security Act

    On behalf of our 850,000 FreedomWorks members and supporters nationwide, I write to urge you to vote “No” on the Energy Independence and Security Act now before the House.

    As it stands, this anti-energy bill strikes at the heart of the American economy. The Democrat-led Congress is proposing a $13 billion tax increase on energy companies, which will only increase the cost of energy for consumers.

    Forcing all automakers to achieve a CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) of 35 mpg creates a veritable catch-22 for the industry.  Only two corporations currently make a vehicle within the proposed guidelines and those vehicles appeal to only a small portion of the market.  Automakers will be forced to defy government standards, risking fines to turn a profit and make cars Americans want and, in fact, require.

    The renewable fuels mandate in the bill puts increased pressure on high gas prices that currently have Americans cringing at the pump and would raise the cost of everything from eggs to orange juice.  The poor will be the first to suffer from this bill – people who spend a higher proportion of their income on energy, food, and the other essentials will have less to save for a better future. 

    It is disappointing that Congress would sacrifice our economy, one that is the envy of the world and that has recently seen record heights, in the name of green policy and in the face of uncertain science.  Rather than letting Americans choose their path in this matter, Congress believes it needs to make these everyday decisions for us.

    Let the market lead to a workable solution and say no to increased regulation by voting NO on the Energy Independence and Security Act.

    FreedomWorks will count your vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Scorecard. The FreedomWorks Economic Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes legislators who demonstrate voting records in support of economic freedom.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Kibbe
    President and CEO
    FreedomWorks