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On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to VOTE NO on H.R. 5351, the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act. This legislation is simply another attempt to saddle domestic energy suppliers with costly new taxes that will increase prices for consumers. Specifically, H.R. 5351 contains $18 billion in new taxes and does nothing to increase domestic production and lower overall energy costs.
With the cost of our domestic oil exploration and production increasing by nearly $10 billion every year and gas prices rising by the day, now is not the time to hamstring the American economy by mandating the use of alternative energy sources that may have only limited capabilities in today’s marketplace. Although alternative energy sources hold promise for the future, significant challenges and research remain before they can provide reliable and cost-effective energy for American consumers. Congress should promote free market solutions that promote open competition among all fuels rather than attempt to pick winners and losers in the energy marketplace.
We will count your vote on H.R. 5351 as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Scorecard for 2008. The FreedomWorks Economic Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.
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