During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama cashed in more campaign contributions than any other federal candidate in the last 20 years from a company (and its employees) called British Petroleum – BP.

Maybe that’s the reason why when the BP oil started spewing and continued gushing in the Gulf, Obama sat on his hands for weeks. Or maybe Obama was too busy golfing, dancing, partying, vacationing and hosting concerts, sports teams and barbecues at the White House to notice.

At one of the concerts, Paul McCartney engaged in one of Obama’s favorite pastimes: Bush-bashing. Partying while the oil gushed, the concertgoers probably bashed Bush for not doing enough after Hurricane Katrina. No reason to stop Bush-bashing while our nation’s in crisis.

BP now stands for “Barack’s problem.” But what is Obama going to do about it? He pounded on the podium and made a few trips to the Gulf for some photo-ops with his sleeves rolled up and the mandatory picking-up-the-tar-balls-on-the-beach shot.

And now Obama’s giving a speech from the Oval Office tonight: Brace yourself for a push for more government control. He would hate to let a good crisis go to waste, after all.

What you may not know is that the BP candidate will address the BP spill with a bill written by … BP!

No kidding. According to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., “a major part” of the Kerry-Lieberman cap-and-trade/global-warming bill was “essentially written by BP.”

What to do about the BP oil spill? Let’s pound on the podium about it. Let’s take some pictures about it. And let’s … pass the BP-drafted tax bill for government control!

McConnell told CNS News: “An administration that seems to spend most of its time coming up with new ways to show how angry it is at BP is pushing a proposal that BP actually helped write. I can’t understand it, and I don’t think the American people will understand why that it makes sense to respond to the BP oil spill by imposing a gas-tax increase on the American people that was advocated by BP.”

I couldn’t agree more – especially when America finds out what’s in it. The “cap-and-trade,” or more appropriately named “control-and-tax,” bill would likely have us paying $7 a gallon at the gas pumps and double our electricity bill. If you ever want to remodel or sell your home, a government inspector will show up requiring appliances meet the latest Energy Star requirements and the house use of a “Smart Meter,” as veteran meteorologist Brian Sussman details in his new book, “Climategate.”

Last year, the U.S. House voted 219-212 on June 26 to approve a “cap-and-trade” energy bill that could bring about the largest tax increase in U.S. history. Only eight Republicans voted for the bill, and 44 Democrats voted against it. Find out how your congressman voted here.

In addition to the tax increasing your utility bills (electricity, natural gas, heating oil, etc.) and fuel costs, it will also cost the economy another trillion dollars and could result in 5 million lost American jobs. More industrial companies and manufacturing plants will pack up and move overseas due to even tighter emission controls and higher utility costs.

Transparency. We’ve heard that phrase from BP as we’ve heard it before from BP Barack Obama. But it’s true in neither case. Take a look at the blockade imposed by BP and government officials exposed by CNN. They won’t let reporters on the beach – that way no one can see the ugly consequences of BP and BP Obama’s inaction.

The BP oil spill and the government “control-and-tax” BP legislation – the more you see, the uglier it is. No wonder they want to hide it.

Don’t let the BP candidate use the BP oil spill to push BP-written legislation for government control of our energy.

Here are some Action Steps (found on the home page of Faith2Acton) to fight it:

  1. Call your senators at 202-224-3121 and in their district offices to oppose and vote against this cap-and-trade bill. See Faith2Action’s Coast2Coast state pages for information on state offices. While you’re at it, find out now who’s running against them!

  2. If possible, try to arrange a meeting with your senators (or at least talk to their staff members) in person at a district office. Most senators maintain offices in all of the major cities in the state they represent. Details on these offices are available from the link in the first Action Step.
  3. Contact and consider boycotting the companies that are supporting cap-and-trade.
  4. Pray that this will bill will be defeated, or, better yet, never get to the floor for a vote.

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