I also don't want it done in a way, like cap and trade, that makes energy use so expensive that it costs jobs and forces poor people to go without electricity.
That depends what we're defining as "poor." People living in section 8 housing don't pay for their electricity. As a part of my job, I end up inside of section 8 housing frequently. I believe that some people do need a leg up or a helping hand, and that is what those resources are there for. I also know from seeing it firsthand that a significant portion take advantage of the system, living in section 8, refusing to look for work, involving themselves with drugs heavily, selling food stamps to buy liquor, etc. They crank up the a/c in the summer and the heat in the winter. While I keep my heat low in the winter, and turn it down or off when I leave for work or sleep at night, I have seen these same folks with open windows in the winter because it is too hot in their apartment! Why should they care? They're not paying!
My point is this: Truly poor people aren't affected by cap and trade. This hurts people scraping by above the poverty line and most of the middle class. I feel that this is yet another step in the systematic path to eliminate the middle class.
Sorry for the whole big rant, but I can't stand government support given to people who make absolutely no attempt to help themselves.
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