Electricity Costs Are Estimated to Increase by an Average of $528.67 Yearly.

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Proposed EPA Regulations Will Increase Electricity Costs on Small Businesses

NFIB Letter to Congress

National Federation of Independent Business
1201 F Street NW * Suite 200
Washington, DC 20004
202-554-9000
Fax 202-554-0496
http://www.NFIB.com
 

The Honorable Fred Upton, Chairman
Committee on Energy and Commerce

United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

January 28, 2014

The Honorable Henry Waxman Ranking Member
Committee on Energy and Commerce
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20515
 

Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Waxman:

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, urges the Committee’s support for H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield, during the upcoming markup.

Electricity costs are a prominent concern for small business owners. According to the NFIB Research Foundation’s 2012 Small Business Problems and Priorities, the cost of electricity was ranked number 12, ahead of other major problems like cash flow and poor earnings. NFIB believes the recent proposed rules by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding greenhouse gases emissions from new power plants could cause electricity costs to rise substantially. The uncertainty regarding how the rules will affect the cost and availability of electricity stand to be an ongoing deterrent for small businesses to plan for expansion and job growth.

The proposed rules take a heavy-handed approach to regulating emissions of greenhouse gases. The Electricity Security and Affordability Act is a far more reasonable means of moving forward.

First, the legislation would require EPA to issue separate standards for natural gas and coal-fired power plants. Second, H.R. 3826 would require EPA to subcategorize the coal standard to account for the different properties of lignite coal. Third, the bill addresses uncertainty from the forthcoming rule on existing power plants by requiring Congress to set an effective date before the rule can go into effect.

NFIB strongly supports H.R. 3826 and urges the members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce to vote for its passage in the upcoming markup.

Sincerely,

Dan Danner
President and CEO NFIB

CC: Members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce

 

Gun Control? I’m off to check on my spoons. I hear they’re making people fat.

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Today I swung my front door wide open and placed my Remington 30.06 right in my doorway. I left 6 shells beside it, then left it alone and went about my business.

While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the neighbor boy across the street mowed the yard, a girl walked her dog down the street, and quite a few cars stopped at the stop sign near the front of our house.

After about an hour, I checked on the gun. It was still sitting there, right where I had left it. It hadn’t moved itself outside. It certainly hadn’t killed anyone; even with the numerous opportunities it had been presented to do so. In fact, it hadn’t even loaded itself.  Well you can imagine my surprise, with all the media hype about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people. Either the media is wrong or I’m in possession of the laziest gun in the world.

The United States is 3rd in Murders throughout the World. But if you take out Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC, and New Orleans, the United States is4th from the bottom for Murders. These 4 Cities also have the toughest Gun Control Laws in the United States. All 4 are controlled by Democrats.

It would be absurd to draw any conclusions from this data – right?  Well, I’m off to check on my spoons. I hear they’re making people fat.

“THE S.W.E.A.T. PLEDGE” Learn More About The mikeroweWORKS Foundation and Train for Jobs That Actually Exist

sweat pledge“THE S.W.E.A.T. PLEDGE” from Mike Rowe

1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.

2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.

3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.

4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.

5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.

6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.

7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.

8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.

9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.

10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.

11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.

12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.

mike rowLearn more about the mikeroweWORKS Foundation is committed to help close our country’s skills gap by helping hardworking people train for the technical skills and expertise needed to keep America running. UTI and Mike’s Foundation have partnered to offer $1 million in full-tuition scholarships for currently enrolled UTI & MMI students.

Elizabeth Warren will tell you, “You didn’t build your business.”

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren, epitomizes progressive America.  Warren, has never worked in the private sector.  She was Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) (2010–2011). In no small measure, because of the CFPB, there will be no more de novo banks and community banks are disappearing. I consider community banks small businesses. They can’t afford the regulatory pressures imposed by the CFPB.

Elizabeth Warren will tell you, “You didn’t build your business.”  What she fails to consider is that those of us that build businesses also pay the lion share of the taxes so ALL citizens and non-citizen’s alike in this country can enjoy our roads and bridges, including Elizabeth Warren and her progressive anti-business rhetoric.

Progressives are systematically redefining success in America. If you created a business in America, “somebody else made that happen.” If your business succeeded and if you make a good living you are now demonized by the left.  Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren will tell you, “You didn’t build your business.” Consider the source.  In spite of all the advantages Elizabeth Warren and Barrack Obama espouse to provide for small businesses, they cater only to big government.

It is our money, our time, our family’s sacrifices and our ideas that built our businesses.  Our tax dollars built the roads, the bridges…

It’s impossible for a small business owner to fathom how a taxpayer of any party can come to the conclusion, our government builds anything without taxpayer dollars.  Liberals need to wake-up.  The government doesn’t make money, they spend it!

More recent details on Elizabeth Warren here.

GOOD NEWS! Antarctic Sea Ice Hit 35-year Record High

tailpipeWe need to keep lowering CO2 emissions and increasing our efforts to green the planet practically, without big government destroying jobs and hurting people’s quality of life, not by the Obama administration’s EPA manufacturing ridiculously high energy prices.

Consider the source when you listen to MSM saying scientists report this and that and think about the motivation. If it is feel good, sensational, it’s news.

The important context here is “baffling scientists” these are the operative words…

According to WAPO Antarctic sea ice hit 35-year record high Saturday.  This is GOOD news!

EPA regulations will not allow new coal-fired plants to open without CCS which is cost-prohibitive.  Maybe the $500M in R&D will produce a more economical solution.  Then there’s the remote possibility common sense will prevail, although common sense doesn’t really play well in the corrupt climate in DC.

Lomborg is making sense and making some waves…  I have been doing a lot of reading on climate change, books on climate change from both sides of the aisle and I’m still not convinced  CO2 emissions are the cause of climate change.

From the former head of Greenpeace…

Certainly I’m not going to put my mouth around a tail pipe and breathe deeply, but I think we’ve come a long way to reduce pollution… so I don’t see the need for such draconian measures.  Obama spent a billion dollars bailing out the automakers with no provisions for clean air.  He’s destroying the coal industry who didn’t require a bailout.  Why do auto emissions get a free pass from this administration?

 

 

 

Does Anyone Really Want to Deny Anyone Else Healthcare?

20140701-235105-85865890.jpgThis whole mess called Obamacare could have been avoided if common sense prevailed. That said, common sense is in short supply in DC.  DC is full of corrupt politicians.

If the insurance companies were mandated to insure people with pre-existing conditions, people with insurance would pay more. How many people would object to it? Not me. How about you?

Unless,  of course, we  added some competition. If we could shop for insurance  anywhere and we were allowed to save the money we didn’t spend tax free (HSAs and FSAs) without putting ridiculously low limits on savings accounts.

If the government had developed their plan to insure the poor received adequate healthcare and left the private sector to their own devices, would that be untenable? It’s called Medicaid. Single payer, government run healthcare. Instead we have a poorly crafted 20,0000 page law and regs to do that but they wanted more.  No.  They wanted to control private sector healthcare, too.

So they cancelled your policy and taxed you, too.  Check out The Obamacare Report Card.

Why mess with an entire industry for 4 million uninsured? Does anyone want to deny anyone healthcare? Not me. How about you?

The simple solution is to use your vote in the upcoming elections to throw the corrupt politicians out! K.I.S.S. them all goodbye!

 

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