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I judge from one of your earlier posts here that you are brand new to the world of blogging - welcome! I've been blogging for two years and actually have two: one on faith and family ( and one on politics (

The reason I popped by is that I saw through Twitter that you had posted this and were asking for comments. The whole green issue is a new one for me, although I spent 10 years working in Congress and now am dealing with cap-and-trade and environmental issues as part of my private sector job. Having read the Waxman-Markey bill several times, I have great concerns about the government giving themselves oversight over this issue (and I fear that depending on the steps taken independently by the EPA, "oversight" will be putting it mildly). I don't have an issue with the U.S. taking a leadership issue on this matter, and I respect the fact that you've taken the time to research the statistics - I can't say the same about some folks. However, as long as China, Russia and India refuse to take part in any international agreements, no amount of effort on the part of the U.S. is going to alleviate the problem. Additionally, there are issues about increasing electric fees, rising unemployment, a border adjustment program that will institute a great deal of protectionist policies beginning in 2025, and uncertainty about the effectiveness of any allocation program that make all of this a difficult area.

I look forward to reading further posts here; I also commend my post yesterday on carbon footprints to you in case you're interested:

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