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Key Vote No: H.R. 2454 American Clean Energy and Security Act
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Key Vote No: H.R. 2454 American Clean Energy and Security Act

On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote “No” on H.R. 2454, the Waxman-Markey “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.”  H.R. 2454 calls for a “cap and trade” system for the regulation of greenhouse gases, and is in essence, a tax that will drive up energy costs across the board.  The best projections estimate that the climate bill would result in a barely measurable 0.05 degree Celsius temperature “savings” over the next fifty years.  In the meantime, over those fifty years, the economic effect would be far more tangible and disastrous.Independent experts estimate that in the next eight years the legislation will take $2 trillion dollars from our economy, redistributing it to powerful, favored institutions through a complex regulatory scheme with standards that are impossible to meet, as has been found in other countries with similar systems in place.  Actually doing so would set our economy back over 130 years to 1875, the last recorded time our carbon-emissions met the legislation’s goals. At a cost of any where from $750 to over $3,000 a year per family, the price is far too high for so little in return. High energy prices affect everything from heating, electricity, and fuel prices to agriculture, manufacturers, and shipping costs.  These are the unavoidable costs of living and the burden of this legislation will fall most heavily on the poor who spend a higher percentage of their income on these essentials making cap and trade a regressive tax that forces impossible decisions between food and the drive to work.The astronomical costs of this bill and the unachievable caps that cripple many industries such as farmers and miners will mean the loss of many jobs as manufacturers, shippers, and others are forced to scale back, close, or send jobs overseas.  While the prospect of numerous new “green” jobs has been widely touted, a recent study by economist Gabriel Calzada has found that for every one green job, 2.2 other jobs are lost or not created.  Each of those jobs comes at an enormous subsidy that pours money from the private sector into an overpriced, inefficient industry.  An economy suffering from massive losses of jobs and wealth, and strapped with a staggering deficit cannot afford a plan that would exacerbate these problems. Promised cleaner alternatives to our current fossil-fuel based technology are still years out of reach.  Rolling back regulations that stifle alternatives like nuclear would be a less costly option.On behalf of our FreedomWorks activists, I again urge you to vote “No” on H.R. 2454 and will count your vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2009.  The FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.

06/25/2009
Warren Buffet: Cap and Trade a Huge Tax
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Warren Buffet: Cap and Trade a Huge Tax

Buffet explains how Cap and Tax hurts the poor and our economy.  H/t: Club for Growth  

06/24/2009
Cap and Trade Floor Vote on Friday: Take Action!
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Cap and Trade Floor Vote on Friday: Take Action!

This is an urgent message from FreedomWorks. By now you’ve probably heard that leaders in the House have cobbled together enough compromises late Monday night to get the dreaded “Cap and Trade” bill to the floor this Friday.  More accurately referred to as “Cap and Tax,” the Waxman-Markey climate legislation is an enormous energy tax that would deal a severe blow to our already shaky economy.  It is vital that you Take Action now.  We are asking that you take some time to do three things.

06/24/2009
FreedomWorks Applauds House Conservatives’ Energy Alternative
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FreedomWorks Applauds House Conservatives’ Energy Alternative

Washington, DC – “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system,” then-Democratic presidential candidate Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2008, “Electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” House conservatives, on the other hand, led by Mike Pence (IN), John Shimkus (IL) and Fred Upton (MI) recently unveiled an “all of the above” plan that focuses on energy independence, creating more jobs and ultimately a cleaner environment—all this without increasing energy prices or mandating a national energy tax.

06/12/2009
A knife in the heart of the EPA's anti-free market agenda
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A knife in the heart of the EPA's anti-free market agenda

A recently released memo from the Office of Management and Budget commenting on the Environmental Protection Agency’s “proposed findings” is one of the most remarkable criticisms of a government agency that I’ve ever seen from another branch of government. Read an article about the memo here, and click on a link within the article to see the memo itself. The memo is only 9 pages, and it’s a must-read for anyone who wants intellectual ammunition against the takeover of our entire economy by the left.

05/13/2009
Alliance for Climate Protection Ignores Economics
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Alliance for Climate Protection Ignores Economics

Check out this commercial by Al Gore's foundation that completely ignores economics:

05/05/2009
Oregon’s Cap and Trade Bill
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Oregon’s Cap and Trade Bill

In recent testimony delivered before the Oregon Senate Environment and Natural Resource Committee by Dr. Eric Fruits, Ph.D. on Oregon’s SB80, published by cascade Policy Institute, Dr. Fruits stated the following. 

04/13/2009
FreedomWorks Applauds Passage of Johanns Amendment
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FreedomWorks Applauds Passage of Johanns Amendment

Washington, DC - Senator Mike Johanns (R-Neb) offered an amendment yesterday to the Senate Budget Resolution to prohibit the use reconciliation in the Senate for legislation involving a cap and trade energy tax system. Some Senators had hoped to use the procedural tactic of reconciliation to avoid a full debate on cap-and-trade legislation by inserting language in the budget bill to circumvent traditional debate procedures.   Congress is supposed to be about debate, and limiting debate rules on critical votes runs contrary to the spirit of the institution.

04/02/2009
Cap and Trade Energy Tax Victories
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Cap and Trade Energy Tax Victories

President Obama's budget proposal working itself through Congress right now includes funding from a $600 billion cap and trade energy tax.  The plan would place a limit on the amount of carbon emissions that a firm is allowed to produce.  They can then sell their rights to carbon to other companies that wish to exceed their limit.  Cap and trade increases energy costs by restricting output and raising costs to producers.  

04/02/2009
Reconciliation, What Is It?
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Reconciliation, What Is It?

If you've been paying attention to what's going on in Washington recently, you've probably heard the word "reconciliation".  What is it?  It's a legislative process intended to allow a budget bill to be considered without filibuster.  In the Senate, it restricts debate to 20 hours and amendments are limited.  Without the option of filibuster, a bill in the Senate would only require 51 votes to pass.  A super majority of 60 votes is required to end a filibuster to move legislation normally. 

04/02/2009

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