|Americans Protest To Save Their Jobs|
|Written by K. Daniel Glover|
|Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:28|
A little more than a year ago when Americans For Prosperity launched its "Hot Air Tour," most Americans were reluctant to openly resist global warming alarmism and defend their jobs against the threat posed by emissions regulations.
"They were concerned about offending the sensibilities of some of the environmental folks on this issue," AFP president Tim Phillips said in an interview yesterday after speaking to a group of bloggers at the Heritage Foundation.
But now, thanks in part to AFP's efforts to educate the public, Phillips said more people understand the impact of a proposed "cap and trade" system, one of the topics covered in the film Not Evil Just Wrong. "They know jobs are at stake," he said. "Their utility bills, their tax bills, their gas bills are at stake. And the very ability of this economy to compete is at stake."
AFP has hosted more than 50 rallies in nearly half of the states since launching the tour. The group begins another swing through Indiana, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia next week and will head west later in the summer to Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
At every stop, Phillips is hearing stories from Americans who now realize the price they may have to pay because of global warming alarmism -- stories that are similar to the one Ann and Phelim tell about the Tim and Tiffany McElhany in Vevay, Ind.
Phillips mentioned one encounter in Jonesboro, Ark. A factory there employs 1,200 people, and the workers fear for their jobs if cap-and-trade legislation is implemented. One of them approached Phillips along with his three young children.
"He said to me, 'You know, I wanted my children to see that their dad is fighting to protect his job. ... He knows what's at stake with cap-and-trade."
A pizzeria owner in Savannah, Ga., told Phillips he would lose his small business because of increased energy costs if the alarmist-inspired regulation were imposed.
"It's all over the country. I've heard story after story like that," Phillips said. He added that average families will be hit hardest by huge increases in their utility and gasoline costs. "And it's going to kill jobs across sectors other than just energy."
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