Obama implores Congress to pass Cap and Trade Bill.
The saddest part of this whole quagmire congress is racing into is the they didn't even read the bill before voting on it! They don't even know what they actually voted for. The abuses of the congressional process by powerful lobbies is utterly rampant as seen by the recent vote on H.R.2454 and earlier on the grand $1.3T Stimulus package.
Don't wait until 2012!
There are political races coming up this year, 2009! If we start at the local level and vote the liberal "tax N spend" bums out, it will send a strong, clear message to thepoliticians to shape up for the 2010 congressional mid-term election!
Tax and spend politics does NOT WORK!
America, sadly, has a terrible record of voter participation! I have witnessed local election (County level) that had less than 10% turnout!!! If we are truly a democracy, ALL voters should have voted, or at least a clear majority of the population. Instead, we have situations where less than 10% of the voter population is deciding matters for the complacent 90%. The complacent 90% are aften most vocal when things don't go "thier way" even though they literally didn't lift a finger to vote.
This complacency continues at each level of government, until we get to the top levels where we have Representatives and Senators who are really controlled by a small percentage of their constituency making policy and financial decisions with apparent disregard for the greater good.
Since legislators set their own pay, the increased costs of their own energy bill will merely be paid for by the taxpaying public by way of pay increases, so, like any other commodity or service, the price increase is passed on to the consumer!