-- Congressman Rick Boucher, Democrat, Clintwood, VA, July 19, 2010
This is so preposterous that I'm embarrassed for him.
Has Washington gotten to him? Age? The fact that his vote on the anti-coal cap-and-trade bill was so damaging to Southwest Virginia's well-being that he knows he's lost any chance at reelection?
"I had a major role in making sure that electric utilities could pay others to reduce emissions ..." And where is AEP going to get the cash to pay these "others" to plant freaking trees, you dumbass? I'll tell you. They're going to raise electric rates again, on top of the sky-high rates we're paying now. To pay someone somewhere to plant trees?! Are you completely insane?
You had "a major role" in bringing about this crushing piece of legislation and you're bragging about it?
If I were you, I wouldn't show my face around here again. Stay up in the Magic Kingdom where you fit in with the other loony environmentalists. Times are hard around here. We don't need you making them harder.
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THE TRUTH: The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the bill that Rick Boucher voted for and found that it would devastate the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. From its report:
Coal mining would probably see the largest percentage decline in employment.Employment will decline in the coal industry in Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties by 10 to 35 percent if Obama's legislation becomes law. The legislation that Rick Boucher "had a major role in" writing.
According to the three studies that CBO reviewed, under an emission reduction program, by 2015 employment in the [coal] industry would decline by 10 percent to 18 percent relative to employment without such a program. Over the longer term, employment in the industry would decline even further. By 2025, it would fall by nearly 20 percent according to the Brookings study, by nearly 30 percent according to the RFF study, and by more than 35 percent according to the CRA International study.
Stop jacking us around, man. You decided to side with your friends in D.C. and sell out your constituents here. Nothing you can say will alter the facts. Your efforts have been a knife in the back of every citizen here in Southwest Virginia. Go away. Just go away.
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The Republican Party of Virginia provides more truth to counter Boucher's lies:
The main message: "Fewer jobs, higher electricity bills. Why was this a good idea again?"