Congressman Harry Teague’s Excuse for Cap & Trade

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The Pink Flamingo just received a canned response to why he voted, once again with Nancy Pelosi on Cap & Trade.  Last week I published my letter to Teague.  He finally responded with this gem:

“June 30, 2009

Dear SJ, (Note the incorrect usage of my first name and not a proper “Ms Reidhead”)

Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act. I have spent over 30 years working to build prosperity and opportunity in Southern New Mexico, and I appreciate having the benefit of your views as I continue that work in the United States Congress.

As you know, H.R. 2454 includes a number of provisions to create new clean energy jobs, promote a new clean energy industry, reduce pollution, and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy. I believe that renewable energy should join conventional sources of energy as a central part of the American energy landscape, but like you I was concerned that H.R. 2454 could negatively impact working New Mexicans and local businesses by increasing the cost of energy in New Mexico, especially rural New Mexico.

When this bill first came out of committee, I had major reservations about it.  That’s why I fought to add amendments to H.R. 2454 to keep down gas prices in rural areas, to hold on to refining jobs in smaller communities and to protect the 180,000 rural electric customers in our district from higher rates.  I am happy to report that these provisions were added to the final bill.  On June 26, I joined a bipartisan majority of colleagues to vote for this legislation.

H.R. 2454 is far from being a perfect bill, but I think that my amendments to the bill provide key protections for my constituents while also creating new energy jobs in southern New Mexico.  Even though we didn’t agree on this bill, I assure you I took your perspective into account.  I always appreciate hearing your views and urge you to continue to contact me in the future.

Thanks again for contacting me about this important issue.  As a newly elected Member of Congress, I am currently in the process of opening several offices around the district and setting up an online office as well, all with the purpose of providing you the highest possible level of access and service.  Please watch out for coming announcements, and do not hesitate to get in touch if I can assist you.  I hope to see you in Glencoe someday soon.

Sincerely,

Harry Teague
Member of Congress

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