By Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick
Too often Washington has served rural Arizona poorly. Time and again, the federal government shows us that it does not understand the values we hold and the challenges we face, and we pay the price for its mistakes.
I ran for Congress to stand up against these old and broken ways in Washington, and that was why I voted against the Waxman-Markey energy bill (what the rest of us call "Cap and Trade" -Editor).
However well-intentioned, it failed to recognize Greater Arizona and rural America's current situation and the impact this legislation would have on our communities.
We must fight climate change and reduce our carbon footprint. I strongly support developing a range of renewable energy sources that will create 21st-century jobs and free us from our dependence on foreign oil, and I am actively pushing for cost-effective measures that will help grow our renewable energy industry. But I refuse to do this at the expense of those who can least afford it in these difficult economic times.