To the Editor:
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, aka the "climate change bill," by a 219-212 vote. The objective of the bill is to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 83 percent by the year 2050, with the implementation of what is known as a cap and trade system.
All Midwesterners should realize, should the Senate pass this bill, our electrical rates are estimated to increase by 20-25 percent. The adopted bill requires retail electric suppliers to meet a certain percentage of their load with electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, biomass, solar and geothermal, which are expensive to produce. States, such as Iowa, which rely on coal as their primary source of electricity will pay substantially more than eastern and western states which have taxpayer-supported hydroelectric plants.
With the chill of fall and winter right around the corner, the last thing any Iowan needs in tough economic times is a steeper electric bill; but that's exactly what we'll get if some politicians get their way.
I encourage concerned citizens to contact Senators Harkin and Grassley and let them know that we cannot afford the Clean Energy and Security Act and to vote against the pending legislation.