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Crap and Trade: An Unnecessary Burden

June 8, 2009

An Unnecessary Burden

South Carolina families were hit hard last summer when gas prices shot up to over $4 per gallon. For many, driving to and from work or the store is not a luxury but a necessary part of one’s daily life. In particular, those living in rural areas of South Carolina are disproportionately affected by a spike in fuel prices. With gas prices once again rising, we should be focusing on creating an all-of-the-above energy strategy that will help address rising prices at the pump but also put our nation on a course for a stronger future energy strategy.

Unfortunately, there is currently a major push in Washington to enact a national energy tax that would raise the price of gasoline, home utilities, and almost any product that requires energy to manufacture. They may call it “cap and trade”, but it is truly a tax that will burden South Carolina families. That is unacceptable and unnecessary.

I have continuously supported a comprehensive strategy because we need to not only promote the development of new, cleaner alternative energy sources and conservation, but we need to utilize the tremendous natural resources we have here in America to help build that bridge to a 21st Century energy infrastructure. Towards that goal, I am grateful to be a part of a bipartisan group in Congress that has put forward a comprehensive strategy, the American Conservation and Clean Energy Independence Act, that explores for oil and natural gas, invests in new energy technology, and promotes conservation. Above all, it does not raise taxes on American families.

To bring attention to this matter, I recently penned an op-ed that was published in the The State newspaper which outlines our positive, bipartisan effort to address rising energy prices.

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