For Release: September 15, 2009
Western Tradition Partnership launches campaign to save American jobs from being “Cap and Taxed” away
Group alerts grassroots of Reps. Betsy Markey & Harry Teague’s support for job-killing national energy tax
DENVER – Western Tradition Partnership announced Tuesday it has launched a grassroots campaign in Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico congressional districts to inform voters of the harm the proposed “Cap and Trade” bill in Congress (H.R. 2454) will have on jobs and the economy. The bill could come up for a Senate vote in the next few weeks.
The group has labeled the bill, which imposes a new national tax on carbon and creates a speculator’s market in “carbon credit,” as “Cap and Tax” in targeted mailings. The mailings will hit districts held by Betsy Markey (D, CO-4) and Harry Teague (D-NM-2), criticizing their votes to pass the bill on June 26th , while praising Denny Rehberg (R, MT) for his opposition.
One radical environmentalist group spent $1.2 million to get Markey elected in 2008.
“It’s no coincidence that Markey voted for the Cap and Tax scheme after she was bought and paid for by the radical environmentalist groups in her last election,” said Jacob Leis, WTP Executive Director, Colorado. “This new multi-billion dollar national energy tax is nothing but a political payoff to wealthy East- and West-coast donors and those on Wall Street who will get rich trading so-called carbon credits. Al Gore, Betsy Markey and their ilk will take billions in new taxes from every man, woman, and child in America to shamelessly pay back those who bankrolled their elections.
“Research shows this Cap and Tax bill will destroy as many as 2.5 million jobs per year and creates the equivalent of a $4,609 tax hike on a family of four,” said Leis. “Their plan is to inflict pain on families and employers and stop any efforts at economic renewal. Even worse, the bill has no net effect on its supposed target of global temperatures.” The research was conducted by the independent, non-partisan Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis. The Heritage Foundation has no relationship with WTP.
Even President Obama admits this new national energy tax causes every person’s utility bill to “skyrocket.” (San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 2008 or on this video post.) Obama’s early admission Cap and Tax hurts working Americans makes Markey’s support even more alarming.
State Senator Greg Brophy, a farmer in Markey’s district estimates “Cap and Tax” will cost farmers in Colorado’s 4th CD nearly $600 per irrigated acre.
“It’s all pain, no gain.” Leis said, adding, “and the environmentalists intended it to be that way. More and more scientists are coming out against this bill because it exploits environmental concerns to launch an economic assault on America’s economy, which radical environmentalist have long hated.”
“It’s up to citizens to speak out against this radical environmentalist plan to downsize American jobs. Western Tradition Partnership will aggressively begin that process.”
Western Tradition Partnership is a fast-growing grassroots organization dedicated to “Rediscovering the Treasures of the West” through rational, responsible natural resource development and land use policy. WTP achieves it goals through hard-hitting issue advocacy and legislative lobbying, voter contact and public education campaigns.
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This is good stuff, but of course old B.S. is only playing to his audience. His radical appointees to various commissions and Earth Justice ties tell the real tale.
Bill Maher received quite a shock on his show last Friday when his guest, Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT), said cap-and-trade was “the wrong approach.”
Schweitzer, who heads the Democratic Governors Association, explained that cap-and-trade, “says to the biggest utilities in America we are going to add a trillion dollars to your bottom line we are going to franchise you and only you to be the producers of CO2. I think it’s the wrong approach.”
Maher was clearly shocked that the Governor wouldn’t go along and endorse cap-and-trade. Maher was exasperated, and asked, “But isn’t it the Democrat approach?”
Schweitzer responded by saying “It might be some of the Democrats approach, but I think if you want to get to the root of the problem you establish a price of the cost of that pollution to the rest of society…”
by Jacob Leis
Western Tradition Partnership (WTP) members – along with many other Americans who voiced opposition to the multiTRILLION dollar “Cap and Trade” energy tax – should be proud of themselves for derailing H.R. 2454, which was on its way to a speedy Senate vote after being rammed through the House in late June.
While this debate is now somewhat overshadowed by the Obama Adminstration’s attempt to take away the private insurance and health care freedoms of millions of citizens, we believe that Cap and Trade legislation is still the greatest and most overarching overall threat to the American way of life, and must be vigorously opposed.
The dirty little secret being withheld from the “little folks” like you and me? Our opposition campaign is working, and with continued action at this level, WTP’s Congressional insiders and Senate staff contacts tell us we could beat back a Senate Cap and Trade vote until this session, and maybe even kill the bill until after the 2010 mid term elections!
Liberal blogger Ezra Klein (who started his career with wunderkind blogger Matt Singer of Left in the West) confirms our suspicions with this Washington Post quote posted earlier today (responding to a question about going on in D.C.):
Washington, D.C.: Has the Senate set a time table for when they’re going to debate Cap-and-Trade? Obviously, it will be after the recess, but I’m nervous that if they dither and delay it much later than that, they’ll start to use the 2010 elections as an excuse to blow it off entirely.
Ezra Klein: I would bet a lot of money that we don’t see the Senate pass a serious cap-and-trade plan before the 2010 midterms.
These guys are onto something. They are seeing Senators in swing states get hammered over Cap and Trade. But we cannot be satisfied with knocking our opponents down – we must finish the job. That’s why even as the Feds throw the kitchen sink at us with radical natural resource and environmental legislation, WTP continues to sound the public alarm while we ramp up our opposition campaign to reach the elderly, business owners, farmers and ranchers, and hundreds of thousands of plain old taxpayers. The response has been very encouraging. Anyone who has the least interest in not becoming a de facto slave to the government elite should be very concerned about the implications of this bill. Here’s why:
As you know, Cap and Trade puts federal police power behind collecting “carbon taxes” – a tax on consumption of energy – which not a single person funtioning in our society could escape. Yes, this tax will cost you and me trillions of dollars and includes the laugable “cow flatulence” fee, but that’s not the half of it. The more sinister side of such legislation is the ability to control individual behavior through coercion.
You see, when combined with rapidly advancing “smart grid” technology, which is supported by big business (corporations that actually may be “evil”) — and which will likely be VERY appealing to Americans, who genuinely want to help the environment and increase energy efficiency, so long aas it doesn’t destroy their way of life in exchange for nothing — the Dynamic Duo of Cap and Trade/Smart Grid would allow government bureaucrats (and their computers) to ratchet up their carbon taxes at will, bureaucratically, without even the charade of a Congressional vote. [Read more about that angle below.]
And if at some point you can’t pay? Said bureaucrat’s computer would simply shut off power to your home or business. No hearing, no trial. A new, and very personal Dark Age.
Therefore it is critical you continue to fight Cap and Trade from now until the summer reccess is over! Western Tradition Partnership will be alerting constituents via mail and email, and while politicians are in their districts, holding rallies as YOUR cap and trade petitions (click here to sign – we’ll hand-deliver) are brought by the thousands to their local offices.
Please consider joining WTP today as we fight the anti-taxpayer, anti-jobs agenda of the Radical Environmental Left. And please SIGN OUR “NO CAP & TAX” PETITION today – your petition and personal comments on it will be hand-delivered to your U.S. Senator by our staff, and we’ll report progress to you along the way. We are winning this fight, but must stay vigilant!
To further understand the impact of Cap and Trade on the U.S. — and particularly on places far from New York and San Francisco — read this excellent, detailed article:
Cap and trade — tough questions By David Bennett, Farm Press Editorial Staff, Jul 30, 2009
During July 22 Senate Agriculture Committee hearings on cap and trade legislation it became quickly apparent that major questions have yet to be answered by proponents….
Also read: Cap and Trade Charade by Ken Blanchard over at the the South Dakota Politics Blog
Finally, for an excellent analysis of the Smart Grid Scam by analysts at the Gerson Lehman Group, check out:
July 24, 2009
Following up the Obama video bragging about skyrocketing electricity prices, we found this very simple explanation about just how much Cap and Trade will cost everyone from the everyday Joe Six-Pack to the EEEEVIL “Big Electric (spelled r-a-t-e-p-a-y-e-r-s):
According to Bob Zubrin, American aerospace engineer and author (The Case for Mars, 1996): “Burning one ton of coal produces about three tons of CO2. [Added weight of oxygen in combustion, I assume. - Ed.] So a tax of $15 per ton of CO2 emitted is equivalent to a tax of $45/ton on coal. The price of Eastern anthracite coal runs in the neighborhood of $45/ton, so under the proposed system, such coal would be taxed at a rate of about 100 percent. The price of Western bituminous coal is currently about $12/ton.
This coal would therefore be taxed at a rate of almost 400 percent. Coal provides half of America’s electricity, so such extraordinary imposts could easily double the electric bills paid by consumers and businesses across half the nation. In addition, many businesses, such as the metals and chemical industries, use a great deal of coal directly. By doubling or potentially even quadrupling the cost of their most basic feedstock, the cap-and-trade system’s indulgence fees could make many such businesses uncompetitive and ultimately throw millions of working men and women onto the unemployment lines.”
It doesn’t get much simpler than that!
And another easily digested tidbit (would go great with a nice Chardonnay): Earth’s atmosphere today contains about 380 ppm CO2 (0.038%). Compared to former geologic times, our present atmosphere, like the Late Carboniferous atmosphere, is CO2- impoverished! In the last 600 million years of Earth’s history only the Carboniferous Period and our present age, the Quaternary Period, have witnessed CO2 levels less than 400 ppm.
Citizens’ lobby discusses National Energy Tax with Dr. Larry Bates, national radio audience
DENVER — Jacob Leis, Regional Executive Director of Western Tradition Partnership (WTP), appeared as a guest on IRN/USA Radio Network’s “News and Views” program for a full hour Thursday , discussing the group’s campaign opposing the $2.4 trillion “cap and trade” national energy tax currently headed for the U.S. Senate.
Western Tradition Partnership is on a national drive to sign up citizens on its “No Cap and Tax” petition drive, where constituents sign electronically, but the petitions will be printed and hand-delivered to U.S. Senators at their offices in Washington, D.C. The group is also preparing an Action Plan to keep pressure up to kill what it calls “Cap and Tax.”
Leis spoke with radio CEO/host and economist Dr. Larry Bates on “News & Views”, the highest-rated program on IRN, which boasts nearly 2,500 affiliates. The interview covered WTP’s online petition available at www.NoCapAndTax.org, and the facts about the National Cap and Trade Energy Tax — and its devastating economic effects – with a national audience of politically active Americans.
Audio of the interview can be streamed through this link; portions of the interview will be replayed nationwide in IRN News updates.
WTP has learned that fifteen pages of the 1,201-page H.R. 2454 (“Cap and Tax”) concern the new “Energy Refund Program” — a redistributive welfare program based upon complex formulas regarding energy welfare eligibility.
According to Section 431 of the legislation, “The Secretary (of Health and Human Services) shall formulate and administer . . . the ‘Energy Refund Program’ . . . under which eligible low-income households are provided cash payments to reimburse the households for the estimated loss in their purchasing power resulting from the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.”
In Congresspeak, “Loss of purchasing power” equals an admission of massive cost increases. The radical environmentalists and their cronies in Congress and the White House are doing the classic three-step: 1) Jack up the cost of everything (especially energy) for everyone; 2) Subsidize the hit to the welfare class and 3) Make others (primarily the middle class) pay for it all.
Section 431 provides that households earning 150 per cent of the federal poverty level or receiving other forms of welfare such as food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (which includes such “permanent disabilities” as crack addiction, alcoholism, and having a limp) or Medicare are eligible for “energy refunds.”
Translation: if you are already ON welfare, you are AUTOMATICALLY going to receive more public largesse. Eligible households will receive their “energy refunds” monthly through direct deposits, state electronic benefit transfer systems or other mechanisms approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
For anyone else to qualify, a two-person household would have to earn $21,855 or less to meet the income threshold, while the income of a three-person household could not exceed $27,465, per 2009 federal poverty guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
We can expect more of such revelations as the details of this legislative monstrosity make themselves available to those actually inclined to READ the bill…
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