Mr. SMITH of Nebraska. Madam Speaker, I rise to express my concerns about the rush of some of my colleagues that they seem to be in to enact cap-and-trade legislation. We are seeing serious doubts on the validity of the science which is driving this flawed policy. In fact, the EPA has formally declared greenhouse gas emissions as dangerous pollutants, an action which could prove costly to America's farms, ranches, and small businesses.
At a time of double-digit unemployment, the last thing our country needs is a jobs-killing tax regime imposed on our family-run small businesses and agriculture producers. Agriculture is an energy-intensive industry, relying on fuel for the truck, fertilizer for the crops, and generators to keep heaters on during the winter.
This national energy tax is the wrong way to go, and it's based on flawed science.