I am deeply disappointed by Rep. Collin Peterson's support of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. His complicity has helped to set America on a course to financial ruin. To call the legislation reckless would be an understatement. It is doubtful that Peterson or any member of Congress even read the 1,200-page document in its entirety. And to accept the 300-page amendment, delivered in the wee hours on the eve of passage, defies all logic.
This unprecedented power grab, which grants the federal government control over countless sectors of industry, housing, transportation and personal lifestyle, shreds the foundational principles of liberty on which our nation was founded -- and were codified in the Constitution.
The bill's underlying rationale -- the "science" of climate change -- is anything but settled. Instead, a growing body of evidence unmasks Al Gore and his minions as charlatans bent on making huge fortunes via "green" legislation. It appears that the sun, not mankind, is the reason for temperature change. And, during the last decade the Earth's temperature has not warmed.
The mountain of complex regulations (with its resulting financial burden) unleashed on our nation will not revitalize our economy, but will strangle it. You cannot increase regulation and improve the economy. In all, this bill shows an appalling disregard for the U.S. Constitution for science, for economics, for common sense. I hope Peterson will change his stance and then strive to stop this economic suicide pact from being passed by the Senate.
Nathan E. Unseth
Lester Prairie, Minn.