Keeping the Cost of Energy Low Energy is the lifeblood of the modern economy. Keeping energy costs in Alabama low will maintain our states low manufacturing and other business costs, and provide additional certainty for businesses as they plan how to grow. As Governor, I will build a bipartisan consensus on the issue of decreasing energy costs for all Alabamians. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, as passed by the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will effectively serve as a death sentence for economic expansion in Alabama and in the South as a whole. “Cap and Trade” sets a dangerous precedent by putting Americans at a competitive disadvantage, creates a hidden tax, and will result in eliminating and taking jobs away from Alabamians working in the Gulf Coast or in the coal industry. In recent years many southern states, including Alabama, have been able to attract quality businesses that provide stable, well-paying jobs. Much of this success has been because of the availability of reliable and affordable power sources. If this bill, offered under the pretenses of protecting the environment, passes the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate to become law, there is no doubt that the economies of Alabama, and the rest of the South, will suffer even more than they already have. Alabama’s environment is important, and we should seek to protect it for the benefit of children and grandchildren for years to come. However, we must ensure that protecting our environment never becomes a shield for political maneuvering intended to advance hidden agendas. “Cap and Trade” is nothing more than an attempt by the most liberal, Democratic members of Congress to force questionable standards on businesses, which will in turn create a certain and drastic increase in energy costs for businesses and consumers. The worst policy options to pursue during economic declines are those which raise operating costs for those organizations that keep people employed. As a small business owner, I know what it is like to have families depending on me each week for a paycheck. I also understand how difficult it is to hire new workers when a business’s expenses and taxes continue to rise. This bill will no doubt make it harder for existing businesses to thrive and for new businesses to be created. Almost 250,000 people in Alabama do not have a job. Most want one, but simply cannot find any work. If this bill is allowed to pass, that staggering number will surely increase. The breadth and depth of Alabama’s energy resource portfolio gives our state no excuse when choosing to keep the cost of energy at a reasonable level. Alabama must utilize its broad energy portfolio of such resources as hydroelectricity, coal-bed
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