Energy & Environment

Clean energy action will jump start our economy (Sen. Barbara Boxer)

Sarah Palin's "cap and tax" opinion piece printed in the Washington Post this week reminds me of every naysayer who has spoken out against progress in cleaning up pollution.

Whether it was the debate over the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Superfund law or any of our other landmark environmental laws, one pattern has always been clear:

Time and time again, pessimists -- often affiliated with polluting industries -- predicted loss of jobs and great costs to taxpayers. And time and time again, our environmental laws have cleaned up the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the communities we live in at far lower cost than expected.
Take the acid rain program established in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

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Locking up our energy resources (Rep. Michele Bachmann)

As Americans hit the road for their family vacations this summer, they're undoubtedly noticing the money they leave at the gas pump.  AAA's Fuel Gauge Report has the national average at $2.58 for regular gas. That's a far cry from the $4.11 we were paying a year ago. But, the need for an all-of-the-above strategy for energy independence remains just as great now as it did then.

So, it's puzzling that the Obama Administration is trying to restrict our ability to tap into American oil and natural gas resources.

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Close vote spells doom for cap-and-tax in the Senate (Sen. James Inhofe)

America's Clean Energy and Security Act" (Waxman-Markey bill) passed by a vote of 219 to 212. Even with a large Democratic majority, the Democratic leadership and President Obama were forced to do everything possible to get this bill passed. Arms were twisted and chits were traded.

Al Gore was called in, then waved off.  Despite the enormous pressure, 44 Democrats astoundingly voted against this bill. Those who supported the bill may experience repercussions come campaign season.  One thing is clear: this razor-thin vote in the House spells doom in the Senate.

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Energy tax would move manufacturing overseas (Rep. Don Manzullo)

I opposed the “national energy tax” bill because it will only encourage the movement of more manufacturing overseas and increase global pollution to areas of the world that will not be encumbered by similar regulations.  There were numerous problems with the bill.  As a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I wanted to have a specific debate on creating the International Climate Change Adaptation program in Title IV of H.R. 2454 because I  do not support the establishment of yet another redundant foreign assistance program that will harm American manufacturers.  Unfortunately, because the committee declined to act on H.R. 2454, I offered this amendment to the Rules Committee.  Regrettably, my amendment wasn’t even allowed to be debated on the House floor.

The International Climate Change Adaptation program calls upon the United States to transfer to developing nations a portion of America’s emission allowances so that these nations can continue to pollute.  By giving away additional allowances, H.R. 2454 will decrease America’s global competitiveness.

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National Energy Tax Will Further Strain Families' Budgets (Rep. John Kline)

On Friday, the House of Representatives debated a job-killing cap-and-trade bill (H.R. 2454), legislation I strongly oppose, which, according to the Heritage Foundation, will cost Minnesota families in the 2nd Congressional District more than $460 million.

Minnesotans and all Americans should be bracing themselves for a crippling cost increase in the form of a national energy tax that threatens the budgets of families and small businesses. In an attempt to raise federal revenue and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the President has proposed this ‘cap and trade’ scheme that would be more accurately titled ‘cap and tax.’ I am opposing this irresponsible proposal because it will drive up the price of everyday goods, strain the economy, reduce jobs, and impose a significant cost increase on every American who dares to turn on a light.

Republicans and Democrats agree it is important to find clean, efficient energy sources that will break our dependence on foreign oil. Our nation needs a diversified ‘all of the above’ energy policy that increases domestic energy production, embraces renewable and alternative fuels, and supports conservation efforts to reduce energy consumption. The ‘American Energy Act,’ provides an ‘all of the above’ solution for offering more affordable energy, producing more well-paying jobs, increasing our energy independence, and creating a cleaner environment without raising costs for you and your family.
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Energy tax will hurt Americans (Rep. Dean Heller)

Cap and trade equals energy tax.  That is why I strongly oppose and voted against H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act.  In fact, as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee which has jurisdiction over tax issues, I helped lead the debate in opposition to this bill.  This new energy tax will affect every man, woman, and child in our country.  Every time you turn on a light, cook your family dinner, or take your kids to school you will be taxed.  Air travel, food prices, electricity costs and transportation costs will skyrocket.  This tax increase will kill jobs and further damage an already struggling economy.  The mining, housing, farming, ranching, and tourism industries will all be devastated at a time when Nevadans are hurting the most.

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Cap & Trade won't help environment (Rep. Kevin Brady)

The U.S. House of Representatives has taken yet another vote on another huge bill that no one had time to read. This time it was in the name of saving the planet, but unfortunately the so-called the Cap & Trade (H.R. 2998) Bill will have about as much positive impact on the planet as the stimulus has had on saving jobs.

I have two young children, so the environment is very important to me. But, after viewing the so-called benefits of this bill, I voted no, because Texas can't afford its devastating costs.

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More taxes for Texas (Rep. John Culberson)

Last week, with little debate and only one amendment allowed, Democrats rushed to the House floor what is likely to be the largest tax increase in American history. H.R. 2454, drafted by Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-CA), is a massive tax that will raise energy prices on every American, cost thousands of Texans their jobs and millions of Texans their hard earned dollars all for very little positive environmental impact.

Recent analysis by The Heritage Foundation has shown that the Waxman-Markey “cap and tax bill” will cost American families more than $3,000 per year. Seniors will be forced to bear the burden of increased prices, as will low-income families who will spend a larger portion of their budgets on rising energy bills. The cost to Texas alone could reach $20 billion in added electricity costs, which is an increase of more than $600 per household per year in utility bills, according to a study commissioned by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. While our economy is struggling to recover from a recession, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on American consumers.

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Three strikes for Waxman-Markey (Rep. Joe Barton)

The Waxman-Markey global warming bill fails on a number of accounts.

First, the basic math of the Waxman-Markey allowance system simply doesn’t work. The transportation sector today is responsible for 35 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, 35 percent. If you count the good work that Mr. Dingell did and the good work that Mr. Green did on the majority side in getting allowances for the transportation sector, they get a grand total of 4 percent. Four from 35 is 31 percent, meaning the transportation sector will have to purchase loads of emissions credits, passing those costs onto us. Assuming we don’t develop some sort of a giant rubberband for general aviation, you can’t put an electric battery or a nuclear reactor in an airplane. General aviation is going to have to use fossil fuel. You simply can’t get to that 83 percent reduction from the 2005 baseline with the math in their bill. It is a physical impossibility.

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Turn Out the Lights—Nancy Pelosi Says the Party’s Over (Rep. George Radanovich)

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will look to give President Obama’s Administration control of yet another sector of the U.S. economy by passing the Waxman-Markey global warming bill. In case you’ve forgotten, the Obama Administration is already running the banking industry, the home mortgage industry, and the auto industry. Now, the Obama Administration wants to control the one industry that touches all facets of our economy—energy.

Let’s be very clear, the Waxman-Markey bill is a national energy tax that will affect you every time you flip on a light switch, drive a car, buy food at the grocery store, charge your cell phone or use a computer. There is not an industry or person in this country whose pocketbook will not be negatively affected by this bill through a sneaky and disingenuous hidden tax scheme called cap and trade. If that’s not top down, government control over the private sector, I don’t know what is.
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