We do not use too much energy because we are wealthy - we are only wealthy because we use energy. Energy equals prosperity.
Do you want to Cap your prosperity? Do you want to Trade your prosperity? Nancy Pelosi is betting your job that Al Gore might be right about Global Warming. Did you give her your permission? Your job is not Nancy's to wager; your choices are not Al's to judge.
You will pay a new tax of over $1,500 each year because liberal politicians think they deserve it more than you do. That is what Cap and Trade is: another tax from liberals who think you have too much wealth and who will give to someone who did not earn it - again. Another looting of your property from those who swore an oath to protect it. It is government, not energy, that needs to be limited to preserve our standard of living.
Limiting energy limits your prosperity; eventually it will eliminate it altogether. If your employer can't get the energy he needs, you will lose your job. If you own the business that is starved of the energy it needs, you will lose it. The worst will be knowing that it was not necessary for you to suffer; that you could have stood up to Cap and Trade and said no.
Your foreign competitors will face no such obstacles - Cap and Trade is the best thing that could happen to them, and you will even pay for their newfound competitive advantage.
China is using more energy, not less. India is using more energy, not less. Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, Mexico - they all know that energy equals prosperity. They will gladly take your job if you don't want it anymore. Our companies will gladly develop their energy resources if we are foolish enough to leave ours in the ground.
There is one sensible form of Cap and Trade we can all support. We should enact term limits to Cap the tenure of those who lust to rule over us, and we should Trade out the whole miserable mess of socialist liberals from both parties next November.
Tim Nerenz is the Libertarian Party Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 2nd District. To support Dr. Tim's campaign, please visit the campaign website at www.timnerenz.com