In a move reminiscent of the flurry of recent Tenth Amendment and state’s rights legislation, the Alabama legislature has passed a resolution stating that any climate change legislation passed by the federal government should not gut the U.S. economy as the cap and trade global warming tax passed by the U.S. House would.
In light of the nation’s growing energy needs, the resolution states, “any system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions must ensure the availability of sufficient, affordable energy, including clean energy, before restricting emissions in a manner that could reduce the volume of energy available to consumers.”
Mindful of the burden to American consumers from high energy costs, the resolution states, “any system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions must not add to the already high costs of power and gasoline.”
In light of the growth and development occurring in developing nations such as India and China, “any system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions must not eliminate American jobs and diminish the ability of American industry to compete in the global marketplace,” the legislature resolved.
Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, said of the cap and trade global warming tax: “The Waxman-Markey bill is a monstrosity that will harm the American economy, make the poor less well off, hurt everyone’s pocketbooks, and help our foreign competitors in China and India.”
Indeed. It would be devastating to the American economy and the American citizen, in addition to being based on sloppy “science” that doesn’t even pass the smell test.
Several states have been putting the federal government on notice in recent months, reminding the socialists in Washington of the Tenth Amendment and constitutional limits on federal power. I expect we’ll see more before the federal government learns it’s place.