While the bill falls short in many ways, it sets goals in increasing energy efficiency, creating renewable sources of energy, and bringing to light the impracticality of carbon-emitting sources of energy in future sustainability of the planet.
And on those shortcomings, let me say that this bill was an entire letdown for the citizens who will pay the price, simply because it reinforces the bowing of the government to big business interests. Consumers will be footing the bill on carbon capping, simply because business will always complain that the government cannot impede on its continually flourishing profit margins, and they have the power to block any political efforts otherwise.
The reason that other developed countries are able to control their energy costs for citizens is because they regulate energy businesses, whether through subsidies that are actually available because of government budget allocation, or setting regulatory rules. In this circumstance, the US government thinks that it's a good idea to allow business to run as usual, but that the environmental cleanup overhead should be placed on the consumer's tab.
While I agree with Republican leaders that this is essentially a "tax", taxes would assume that money is being taken by citizens in the interest of working for the citizens. In this case, big business is taxing its consumers through government regulation, out of a need for environmental regulation.
Personally I think that if I was an ordinary citizen, I'd want that 12% of my paycheck to go towards something else besides directly into military spending. Hey, maybe it could pay for my electricity bill... or better yet, we could maybe create renewable sources of energy so that our failing infrastructure of coal-based electricity doesn't get so damn pricey all of a sudden, thanks to my idiot congress.Originally Posted by lowtech redneck
And of course the military doesn't hinder economic growth... well, depending on your measurement system. Top companies like Boeing love wars! And isn't the performance of top ranking industries the only measure of economic success?
Yes, except for that prediction that the "lower-income families" will be hit hardest. Perhaps you need a better look yourself.Originally Posted by Risen
I understand that, as a fellow human, you have a disdain for me, but could you please respond to at least the points I make? I believe that ideas created by people are separate from them and thus could possibly be less loathsome than you might think.
I mean, I understand that you want to control the perspective of this event as much as possible, hence your constant interruption of any discussion, but you could at least pretend to carry out a discussion.