A former Zanesville resident is trying to bring awareness to a bill that passed the house in Washington D.C. in June. Laura Henderson and the American Energy Alliance were at the fair today to talk with people about the Cap-and-Trade Bill. The bill proposes to put a limit on the amount of greenhouse gases a region can emit each year. Companies can also trade the permits amongst themselves to emit gases. The American Energy Alliance is against the bill and is on a 25 day bus tour to inform the public.
“We are just trying to talk to people about cap and trade and the energy tax and about what this will mean for jobs, particularly here in Southeastern Ohio. It is going to be one of the hardest hit areas as job losses, economic destruction, higher energy costs higher electricity bills, all sorts of bad things for an already struggling economy,” says Laura Henderson, AEA spokesperson.
Their large blue bus could be seen in the infield and the AEA set up a booth in the Veteran’s Complex to speak with fair-goers. Henderson says they have received a good reception from the crowd. Proponents of the bill say it will speed up the transition to a cleaner energy economy. The AEA wants to see a consumer-made solution.
“I would say that I think that there are a lot of ways to do that without having the government mandate and subsidise specific ways to do it… I think a consumer mandated solution is always better than a government mandated solution.”
Today was day 4 of the 25 day, 5 state bus tour.