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Taxing global warming

April 9, 2009 - Jim Anderson
Mark Neisler, global climate change specialist with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, plans to visit The Daily News office next week.

A staff member from the organization’s national office will join him.

They’re not coming to change the light bulbs.

The purpose is to discuss “the economic benefits which a comprehensive clean energy policy could have for the 1st Congressional District.”

Democrats hope to deliver a clean energy and climate bill out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee by Memorial Day. U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, is a member of the committee.

Among other things, the proposed legislation would include a cap-and-trade system for regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

The conservative Heritage Foundation claims the bill could amount to an annual global warming tax of nearly $2,000 on every American household. I’m sure the League representatives will want to try to address that assessment.

If you have any concerns/questions, encouragements/discouragements that we might be able to pass along, well ... fire away.


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