Before the vote took place on Cap and Trade, I wrote a rather pointed email to my congress critter (Steve Driehaus - OH-01). And below is his reply.
Dear xxxxxx (Name protected):
Thank you for contacting me regarding the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, also known as the cap and trade bill. I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this important issue.
As you know, on June 26, 2009, the House of Representatives considered major legislation to address America's energy needs. I gave this legislation and the concerns of the residents of Ohio's first District serious consideration before making a decision. I voted in favor of it, and the bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 219 to 212. Although you and I disagree on this particular piece of legislation, I would like to share my views with you on the bill and my reasons for voting yes.
I believe that the American Clean Energy and Security Act will work to revitalize our economy by creating new, clean energy jobs, strengthen our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and protect rate-payers by ensuring there are no spikes in home energy costs.
Despite the fact that some of the bill's critics have claimed the bill would cost Americans thousands of dollars, the Congressional Budget Office and the Environmental Protection Agency have reported that is not the case. Additionally, the bill is budget neutral and would not add to the national debt or create any new taxes. While energy prices have always fluctuated, recently causing serious hardships when gas prices spiked, the Clean Energy bill would provide more stability to the market. It will help America end her reliance on foreign oil and make our nation a world leader in new, innovative technology.
While I had concerns with the original bill, I worked with other Ohio and Midwestern members of Congress to ensure that our region of the country would not face unfair high energy costs or spikes in energy costs. I was also pleased that the final version of the bill included a provision to create a $30 billion state revolving loan fund, meaning that Ohio can compete for loans to transition to a clean energy economy.
Ultimately, the bill garnered the support of a wide variety of groups who came together to champion this ground-breaking legislation despite their often conflicting viewpoints. Some of the bill's supporters include the AFL-CIO, Duke Energy, the League of Conservation Voters, GE, Johnson & Johnson, GM, Dow, the National Farmers Union, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Again, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. Please feel free to contact me in the future if I may be of any assistance.
Member of Congress
Where do I start with this letter. First the bi-partisan garbage, (Thanks you traitorous 8 idiots who decided to vote for this bill, you gave them cover yet again). I love the fact that 8 morons made this "Bi-partisan".
Second, The paragraph about reducing our dependence on foreign oil, lowering electricity bills, and strenghting our national security. It is obvious to me, he either didn't take an economics class or had a real good friend to cheat off of to pass the class. Capping the carbon, easily adds to our dependence on foreign oil, and now probably adds to our dependence on the refined product. Lower electricity bills, how when you are adding to the cost of production of energy, and the national security thing, how does that happen when we are going to be more dependent on foreign sources, or having our producers leave outside of the US and selling that energy back into the US.
Then he puts in the payoff that he helped get for Ohio as the 30 billion dollars for a loan fund for the transition. Okay, so we are going to have more debt in our total national debt, plus put others in debt to transition to the green economy. Sorry that doesn't make sense to me at all.
In conclusion, this letter, when I read it, made me throw up in my mouth because of the total amount of bulls(&t that was crammed into that letter. I am waiting to see who is going to run against this assclown, and make damn sure that I am helping that person anyway I can.