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How Cap and Trade Would Hit South Dakota

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By now you’ve probably heard what a jobs-destroyer is the cap and trade global warming tax bill passed by the U.S. House back in late June.

The bill is predicted to be devastating to the U.S. economy, threaten development of much-needed power plants, push up your electric bill by 40% or more, damage our refining capacity, hurt our international trade, is full of indecipherable gobbledygook, intrude on your freedom with things like shower Nazis and inspections and environmental retrofitting of your home before you can sell it, cost millions of jobs, and includes a host of new government mandates.

At a town hall meeting at Dakotafest in Mitchell, South Dakota yesterday Senator John Thune spoke of his ardent opposition to this bill which may be considered in the Senate in the near future.

From the Argus Leader:

Time also was spent discussing the climate change and energy bill that already has been passed by the House of Representatives, which Thune is adamantly against. “I will work with every fiber of my being to defeat the bill that was passed by the House,” Thune said.

Thune could barely finish his comment before the crowd clapped and whistled in support.

It has been well established what a devastating blow this bill would be to our country. But how would it impact us closer to home, here in our own state of South Dakota?

The Heritage Foundation has done a state-by-state analysis of what it would mean to South Dakotans:

Consumers would be hit hard. Between 2012 (when the restrictions first apply) and 2035 (the last year of this analysis), the prices of electricity and gasoline will rise sharply when compared to prices in a world without cap and trade. By 2035, Americans living in the state of South Dakota will see their electricity prices rise by $985.00 and their gasoline prices rise by $1.34 per gallon solely because of Waxman-Markey.

That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it.  I’m sure South Dakotans already enjoy paying more than $2.50 a gallon for gas, and would be thrilled at the prospect of paying $4.00 a gallon. That probably goes double for farmers and ranchers who use lots of fuel for their agricultural operations.

As for jobs…who needs jobs, right?  It’s a good thing South Dakota is already swimming in good jobs, because thousands of them would go out the door thanks to this bill:

As the economy adjusts to shrinking gross domestic product (GDP) and rising energy prices, employment will take a big hit in South Dakota. Beginning in 2012, job losses will be 4,489 higher than without a cap-and-trade bill in place. And the number of jobs lost will only go up, increasing to 5,753 by 2035.

This self-destructive bill is one of the biggest assaults on the freedom and prosperity of America in history.  What’s more, it’s founded on a lot of hot air.

All the best evidence indicates any warming of global temperatures is natural and cyclic.  From the solar activity observed to unreliable data to natural cyclic climate change data going back thousands of years to global warming on other planets…this silly notion promoted by extremists holds no water and doesn’t even pass the smell test of credibility.

It’s been revealed as nothing but a scam on the citizens and Europe, and socialists in this country want to perpetuate that fraud on Americans.

This is one that we need to stand with Senator Thune on.  We have to stop this assault on America–and our state–at all costs.


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