Wes Pruden pinpoints in his must read article, The hot one from the Democrats
"When this far-reaching legislation was debated in the House Energy Committee, the Republicans offered amendments to suspend the legislation if the price of gasoline exceeds $5 a gallon, if the price of electricity rises more than 10 percent over 2009, and if the unemployment rate, now hovering close to 9 percent, exceeds 15 percent. The Democrats, who know very well the devastation this "biggest tax increase in history" is likely to wreak on American families, nevertheless defeated all three amendments."
This idiotic solution to a nonexistent problem will send the poorest of US citizens spiraling deeper into poverty.
Party of the little guy... peh!