Jim offers the poop on creative “fees” that will fund the green revolution.

Green costs are here, affecting all of us.

There are more coming. The Cap and Trade Bill passed by the House and awaiting the Senate is another “green” cost.

Our president plans to fund his vast energy-saving initiatives with a new attack on high-carbon power generators. The Wall Street Journal says politicians love it because “it claims to tax the polluters.” Only in Obama’s dream.

You can bet the tax will be passed on to everybody who uses the energy. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the tax will cost the average household about $680 a year, “not including the costs of reduced employment and (industrial) output.” Just what we need.

The liberal Democrats pushing this are from California and the Northeast. It would impact us Midwesterners the hardest (thanks to our coal-fired generating plants). Our Rust Belt could turn into the Ash Belt.

And what will it buy? We can only guess at that.

The green revolution is coming home. This is only the beginning. Every big plan must be paid for. There’s only one way to do that. Open your wallet.

So what’s next? Bureaucrats love the word “fee.” They never say “tax.” So we’ll have a new “fee” for storm water leaving our gutters, on top of the current $12 fee. Painless, right?

In the Hardly Earth-Shattering but Gross Dept. comes Ohio’s green ban on dishwasher phosphates. It happened July 1 to almost zero news coverage. Reporters apparently don’t do dishes.

A neighbor told me about it. She was alarmed at the “lack of input.”

So we’re seeing new, reformulated dishwashing detergents at higher cost. So far, they have more spots than 101 Dalmatians.

If you think this is unimportant, consider this: Restaurants successfully parried it. The law permits them to use the old dishwashing liquid, the stuff that actually gets dishes clean.

“Of course, they need clean dishes,” says my friend.

So we’re caught. We want to do well by the fish in lakes, but we’re definitely in a “not in my backyard” mode when it comes down to us.

Speaking of that, some communities are considering a “dog-poop” fee on pet owners. Smells like another green tax.

Contact Jim Hillibish at jim.hillibish@cantonrep.com.