From: The Connecticut Post
September 25, 2009
In response to the opinion column submitted to the Connecticut Post by Mr. John Driscoll, I’d like to say that his concerns about the impact of Cap and Trade legislation passed by the Congress and signed by President Obama are well founded.
As a Legislator, I have been actively involved in the energy issues facing our state. The fact that Connecticut ratepayers face the highest electricity costs in America is of great concern to me, and I have worked hard to thwart proposals that, however well intended, would raise the price residents pay for electricity, gasoline, home heating oil, natural gas, etc.
Unfortunately, the federal government has heaped an enormous burden on the already abused ratepayers of Connecticut in enacting Cap and Trade legislation. A study by the non-partisan American Legislative Exchange Council estimates that Connecticut will be the most aversely impacted state in America as a result of this legislation. Their index takes into account increases in electric rates, gas prices, job losses, and loss to gross state product (the size of our state’s economy as measured by the value of all goods and services produced).
In these dire economic times, Cap and Trade’s burden is one that the citizens of Connecticut simply should not have to shoulder.
State Rep. Lawrence Miller
The writer represents the towns of Shelton and Stratford in the General Assembly.