Yesterday, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced the Ensuring Affordable Energy Act. This bill will prohibit federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be used to implement or enforce a cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases.

The cap-and-trade national tax on energy consumption is the mother of all mandates, said Poe. Although the cap-and-tax legislation has not become law, the administration has indicated that it will implement this policy through new EPA regulations without Congress approval. The American public has overwhelmingly disapproved of this policy. This bill will put an end to any back-door attempt to go around Congress and circumvent the will of the people.

The taxacrats want to control every dollar spent on energy in America, continued Poe. They also want control over who can use it and how. Every person and business that uses energy will be taxed for the use of that energy. This scheme will bankrupt manufacturing businesses and cost American families and small businesses thousands of dollars a year in new taxes.

H.R. 153 The Ensuring Affordable Energy Act:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no funds appropriated or otherwise available for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency may be used to implement or enforce

  1. A cap and trade program; or
  2. Any statutory or regulatory requirement pertaining to emissions of one or more greenhouse gases from stationary sources that is issued or becomes applicable or effective after January 1, 2011.