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Republicans Highly Critical of House Energy Bill
« on: June 28, 2009, 08:30:58 pm »
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Republicans Highly Critical of House Energy Bill
By DERRICK HENRY
Published: June 28, 2009

Republicans on Sunday roundly criticized an energy plan passed by the House that is intended to address global warming and change the way the United States produces and uses energy.

Mr. Grassley, like other Republicans, said the House bill is a national energy tax that would drive manufacturers and jobs to countries with less-strict emissions standards. The bill passed the House last Friday with a vote of 219 to 212, with 44 Democrats voting against it.

The legislation would set a limit on overall emissions of heat-trapping gases while allowing utilities, manufacturers and other emitters to trade pollution permits, or allowances, among themselves. The limit would grow tighter over the years, pushing up the price of emissions and presumably driving industry to find cleaner ways of making energy.

President Obama has called the legislation “a bold and necessary step.” In his weekly address Saturday, he said the legislation would spur the development of low-carbon sources of energy from wind, solar, and geothermal power to safer nuclear energy and cleaner coal while creating jobs in the process.

In a Sunday afternoon interview with some reporters, Mr. Obama said that such energy-intensive industries as steel, aluminum, paper and glass, had legitimate concerns about global, low-cost competition. But the president warned that trade sanctions that are based on the extent to which other countries curb carbon dioxide emissions might be illegal and counterproductive.

On the 44 Democrats who voted against the bill, Mr. Obama said that they were “sensitive to the immediate political climate of uncertainty around this issue.” He added: “They’ve got to run every two years, and I completely understand that.”

The legislation pitted liberal Democrats from the East and West Coasts against more conservative Democrats from areas dependent on coal for electricity and on heavy manufacturing for jobs. And while some environmentalists supported the legislation, others, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, opposed it.

Industry officials were split, with the United States Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers opposing the bill and some of the nation’s biggest corporations, including Dow Chemical and Ford, backing it.

On the Sunday morning talk shows, Republicans said the House legislation was doomed.

“This bill coming out of the House is going nowhere in the Senate,” Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on “NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “This idea of climate change is real, in my opinion, and the way you solve the problem is not you have some major tax on industry and private sector.”

On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi said the legislation simply made energy more expensive. On “Fox News Sunday,” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said, “Think of it as a light-switch tax.”

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the average American household would pay an additional $175 a year in energy costs by 2020 as a result of the provision, while the poorest households would receive rebates that would lower their annual energy costs by $40.

David Axelrod, the senior adviser to President Obama, appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” said Republicans were trying to use inaction as a strategy to solve the nation’s energy problems. He also wondered aloud on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if the Republicans wanted to allow new energy jobs to go to other nations like China and India.

The issue of President Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s health-care system also resurfaced. The plan would establish a government-run plan competing with private insurers to help control costs and cost at least $1 trillion over ten years. Lawmakers have balked at the price tag and the idea of a public health insurance plan.

Mr. Grassley on “This Week” said money to pay for the overhaul should come from within the health care industry, such as finding savings opportunities in Medicare.

Mr. McConnell on “Fox News Sunday” expressed his concern that a government-run health care plan might drive private health insurance companies out of business.

Republicans also offered their thoughts about Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, the missing politician who last week revealed that he had been in Argentina with a woman who is not his wife — and had not been hiking the Appalachian Trail as his staff had said. That scandal followed on the heels of the news that Senator John Ensign of Nevada had an affair with a former aide who was married to another former aide.

The affairs were more bad news for a party that has been struggling all year.

“Clearly, there’s been damage” to the Republican Party, Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Any time you have leading figures engaged in behavior that’s sad and troubling and hypocritical, other people are going to look at that and say, ‘They don’t walk the walk.’”

On “Face the Nation,” Gov. Barbour, who has replaced Mr. Sanford as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said he did not believe that Mr. Sanford should resign from his elected post. Mr. Barbour also noted that Democrats have had their own series of sex scandals.
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Re: Republicans Highly Critical of House Energy Bill
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009, 08:32:12 pm »
When will people aside from Ron Paul get it and see that there is no "left/right" bullshit like they make it seem?? These are supposed to be educated politicians with their facts straight, but they're far from it!! I cannot stand this shit anymore... I'm steaming mad... I can't wait to get on the horn tomorrow morning and contact all these douche bags!

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Re: Republicans Highly Critical of House Energy Bill
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009, 08:45:18 pm »
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Re: Republicans Highly Critical of House Energy Bill
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2009, 08:48:09 pm »
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Re: Republicans Highly Critical of House Energy Bill
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2009, 08:48:59 pm »
When the public stop eating the daises (left/right) maybe they'll just turn off their tv's and discover liberty again. It's nice to dream.
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