Senator Green's statement is as follows:
Last week in committee, we heard testimony from a special interest group that repeatedly supported EPA
regulation of what this environmentalist called carbon pollution. First, as a farmer, I'm here to tell you that if it
weren't for carbon dioxide, there would be no food on earth. All plants would die, all animals would die, and all
people would die. Clearly, that environmental group doesn't understand the basic science of agriculture or life itself.
In fact, there are about 100 people here right now in the Senate Chambers, and in one year's time, we 100 people
will breathe out at least 34 tons of carbon dioxide. If we all led active lives, we'd breathe out over 200 tons of carbon
dioxide this year. Now that's some heavy breathing.
We heard in committee about renewable energy manufacturing creating 290,000 jobs. Who will pay for these
290,000 so-called green jobs if they ever occur? According to experts, the cost of gasoline will go by 50 percent,
raising the price to over $4.50 a gallon at today’s prices. The cost of producing food will go through the roof.
Electric bills will go up by 50 percent, the cost of natural gas by 75 percent, and all of this money that will no longer
be spent in our communities but will be spent somewhere else. So the result--it's estimated that 2.5 million people
will lose their jobs. So the EPA fires ten people in order to hire one person. That's who pays for these so-called
According to the experts, the cost of buying and installing all of this clean energy equipment is in the ballpark of
$120 billion. So besides laying off 2.5 million workers, the EPA would dramatically increase everyone's electric bill.
Sound's cheap doesn't it? But that's a 20 percent to 33 percent increase in your monthly electric bill. In fact, even the
EPA estimates that if cap-and-trade passes, the cost would be $1,200 per household. So low-income households, and
single-mom households will be hit the hardest. The earned income tax credit isn't enough to pay for even half of the
increased cost of the EPA regulations.
Folks, the EPA has declared war on the poor. Today, you get to choose which side you're on. If you want to see
federal bureaucracies raise the electric and heating bills of all of your senior citizens and low-income constituents,
then vote "no." If you support the working families of Michigan, then vote "yes" on this resolution.