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Take Action on Cap-and-Trade

Don’t let Congress raise taxes on so many forms of energy, including gasoline, jet fuel and home heating oil. We’ve growled numerous times about the damage the massive Waxman-Markey energy tax bill will do to American taxpayers, American jobs, and  the American economy, most recently on September 17, but also June 26, June 23, May 19 and May 2.

It amounts to a war on prosperity. As the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) says,

“While supporters of cap-and-trade tout the bill as a step towards cutting carbon dioxide emissions from our atmosphere, everyone – from farmers to truckers to airline pilots to small businesses – will end up footing the bill for this poorly designed legislation. Prices for gasoline, diesel, airline fuel, and home heating oil will increase – even though the Government's own data shows that this hidden tax will produce almost no reduction in CO2 emissions from the transportation sector. Farmers, truckers, delivery services, small businesses, freight haulers, airlines, railroads, shipping, and others would face higher fuel costs because of this hidden tax, which could limit an economic recovery that just might be on the horizon.

“Nearly everyone agrees that the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill will cost American jobs. According to the non-partisan Brookings Institution, "Despite the promise of green jobs, ACESA would, if enacted, inevitably depress total employment from baseline levels. The bill would divert resources now used to produce additional goods and services into the work of obtaining energy from sources that are more costly than fossil fuels."

Take action! NTU makes it easy to write Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner to tell them the Waxman-Markey bill is bad for Arlingtonians, bad for Virginians, and bad for Americans. Click here for a brief explanation of how Waxman-Markey will raise taxes and reduce freedom, and then you’re one click away from using NTU’s form to write Sen. Webb and Sen. Warner.

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