"Our partnership represents a fresh attempt to find consensus that adheres to our core principles and leads to both a climate change solution and energy independence. It begins now, not months from now -- with a road to 60 votes in the Senate," they wrote.Unfortunately, this bill does nothing to create climate change solutions or lead to energy independence. The only thing this bill or any bill like it will do is cause the cost of energy and anything that is produced with energy (i.e.-everything) to go up.
In supporting the push for legislation, Graham is breaking with other top Republicans, many of whom warn that the bill amounts to a "national energy tax." The House passed its version months ago, but the Senate sat on language for the bill until two weeks ago.
What those who are for this crap legislation continue to ignore is not only the true costs to the American people ,(PDF) (which were completely lied about and hidden) but that this legislation only punishes-it provides no actual incentive to develop new forms of energy or to refine our own stores of oil. As I have previously written, profit-raping the American people in no way makes our environment cleaner; nor does it give us new and better forms of energy.
Finally, being a good steward of this planet is something we can all agree on. Finding new sources of energy that are affordable, relinquishing the strangle-hold foreign entities have over the American people is an important and attainable goal. Always striving to be better and innovative is the American way. Where the liberals lose the rest of the world is in the notion that the government must regulate, control and disembowel the entire energy industry in an attempt quell the false "crisis" of global warming.