"Cap and tax" narrowly passed the House of Representatives in June, but the bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate. But the Democrat-controlled 111th Congress has shown propensity to quickly force through legislation, so we must remain on guard.
With that in mind, Examiner.com informs us that there will be an anti-cap and trade rally in downstate Illinois on Tuesday:
On September 1st, Energy Citizens, the combined efforts of 23 Illinois farm, industrial, retail and energy associations will host a rally in opposition to proposed Cap & Trade legislation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Illinois' capital city, Springfield.
The rally is designed to bring public awareness to cap and trade legislation that will cost an estimated 2 million high paying American jobs, raise gasoline and diesel prices, raise electric rates and reduce global competitiveness of American companies. The groups intent is to point out the widespread opposition to cap and trade legislation that will damage the agricultural, manufacturing, retail, energy and transportation industries of Illinois which provide the foundation of Illinois' economy.
Among sponsors of the rally are:
Illinois Association of Convenience Stores, Associated Builder and Contractors of Illinois, Grain & Feed Association of Illinois, Growmark, Home Builders Association of Illinois, Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers, Illinois Coal Associations, Illinois Energy Forum, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, Illinois manufacturers Association, Illinois Oil & Gas Association, Illinois Petroleum Council, Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Illinois Trucking Association, MidAmerica Energy, Mid-West Truckers Association, National Federation o f Independent Business, Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative, Southwestern Illinois Employers Association and Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative.
If enacted, cap and trade will be a gut-punch to Illinoisans, particular downstaters.
But remember: The national energy tax is bad for all Americans.
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