P.O. has proposed to raise energy costs via a tax on Carbon. The Congress (House of Reps) has passed this monstrosity (with 8 republicans including an IL congressman Kirk who was our rep until a redistricting a couple of years back). The only thing standing between raising gas prices (50-75%), electric rates (50%-100%), food prices (use energy mainly oil fuels to raise / transport / buy), etc. is our extremely liberal Senate (which just got a filibuster proof Dem majority today [that joke Al Franken was declared the winner in MN]).
We can afford the rise in prices since our needs are not that great; it would mean cutting back on making some "fun / unnecessary" purchases; but there are many people on fixed incomes who will not be able to afford it. This bill will also cost jobs. When companies are faced with higher costs for electricity and other energy costs plus selling fewer widgets they will reduce their workforce especially with people reducing their purchases of other items.
It will be a disaster for our nation; but it will reduce our carbon footprint by 5-7% (or more as people can not afford to use energy). However, China & India will not reduce their use of energy and will take away more jobs!
My mother believes that P.O. is smart. To me this bill proves just the opposite!
- “There is not the slightest indication that energy will ever be obtainable from the atom” Albert Einstein
“It's a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go” Bertrand Russell
- ELECTRICITY, (n) The power that causes all natural phenomena not known to be caused by something else. It is the same thing as lightning, and its famous attempt to strike Dr. Franklin is one of the most picturesque incidents in that great and good man's career. The memory of Dr. Franklin is justly held in great reverence, particularly in France, where a waxen effigy of him was recently on exhibition, bearing the following touching account of his life and services to science:
"Monsieur Franqulin, inventor of electricity. ThisElectricity seems destined to play a most important part in the arts and industries. The question of its economical application to some purposes is still unsettled, but experiment has already proved that it will propel a street car better than a gas jet and give more light than a horse. (DD)
illustrious savant, after having made several voyages around the
world, died on the Sandwich Islands and was devoured by savages,
of whom not a single fragment was ever recovered."