The Southern Governors’ Association (SGA) will meet in Virginia this Friday to discuss global warming and energy policy. Even though a recent SGA briefing backgrounder recognized that more must be done “to help families cope with higher energy prices” that result from cap and trade, several prominent governors attending the conference seemingly remain oblivious to the plight of working families who will bear the brunt of rising costs of living. Governors are being asked to overlook those concerns and form state climate panels as well as a regional climate partnership, in an effort to reinforce the faltering efforts to pass a national climate change tax.
In June, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 1,500-page cap-and-trade bill that few (if any) Members of Congress had actually read; the last 300 pages were added in the middle of the night before the final vote. The bill passed by a razor-thin margin.
Credible estimates are that the House bill would cost the average family of four $103 per month in direct energy costs and another $283 per month in indirect costs, or over $4,600 per year. The U.S. Senate will take up cap-and-trade policy when it reconvenes in September, and a final vote is expected this fall."
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
How energy prices affect one family