But America is caught up with “Hey, did you hear? Michael Jackson is dead!”

Concentrate on things that are important, like those who are pushing this energy bill stand to gain the most from it:

Nancy Pelosi has $50,000 to $100,000 in Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

• Rep. Edward Markey — hmm, why does that name sound familiar? — has investments between $51,000 and $115,000 in the Firsthand Technology Value Fund (which as three solar-energy manufacturers)

Al Gore — Mr. “Inconvenient Truth” himself — his venture capital firm is heavily invested in a new software company that’s making software to help companies track their carbon footprint. He, and companies like his, will make a fortune.

Not only will this bill make politicians rich, it will increase their power as well. The government will control what you can and cannot do.

Want an SUV? Oh, sorry. Gas mileage isn’t good enough.

How about incandescent light bulbs? They use too much energy.

Quarter-pounder with cheese? Meat is even more harmful than the SUV!

This bill is a gateway; it will be used as justification to regulate every industry or product the government can get their grimy little fingers on.

Politicians get rich. Government gets more power and control. Businesses just pass on the cost — so there is only one loser: you, the consumer.

The worst part is, we aren’t breaking new ground here. While we’re busy marching towards more socialism, the rest of the world is running away from it because they’ve tried it.

Australia is killing their carbon tax proposals and it’s already a complete failure in Spain, where it’s resulted in an 18.1 percent unemployment rate (more than double Europe’s average) and they are losing 2.2 jobs per every one “green job” created.

I think The New York Times quote on the European Union‘s cap-and-trade program (that started in 2005) says it all: “Their plan unleashed a lobbying free-for-all that led politicians to dole out favors to various industries, undermining the environmental goals. Four years later, it is becoming clear that system has so far produced little noticeable benefit to the climate, but generated a multi-billion dollar windfall for some of the continent‘s biggest polluters.”

THE REASON NANCY PELOSI WANTS THE BILL SIGNED TODAY IS BECAUSE SHE IS GOING ON VACATION THIS WEEKEND. SOUND FAMILIAR

They are voting on this bill today. Call your representatives now, while you can still afford to have the lights on and actually see the phone numbers.

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