Energy & Environment (October 2009)

Building momentum to generate new jobs, fight global warming

Global warming and economic recovery are the challenges of our generation and we have a narrow window of time to act. In the Senate, momentum is building for comprehensive legislation that will lead to millions of new jobs here in America, put America back in control of our energy future, make our nation more secure and less dependent on foreign oil, and protect our children and the Earth from dangerous pollution.

Dems understate nation’s resources

This week as the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee kicks off hearings on the Kerry-Boxer cap-and-trade bill, one argument Democrats will spout over and over is that America is a nation poor in natural resources. As seen from the quotes below, we are shamed into the belief that America possesses too little and consumes too much:

Further behind than ever, we need to act on climate change

Seventeen years after Rio, 12 years after Kyoto, and just weeks before Copenhagen, when 192 countries will try to create a global climate treaty, we are further behind than ever in our fight against climate change.

Shift control from utilities to citizens

This month, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and I met to talk about, among other things, climate change. The secretary general has, to his great credit, adopted the issue as one of primary import and will do anything in his power to create consensus among developed and developing countries for a climate commitment in Copenhagen.

Cap-and-trade hurts farmers

We have already had snowfall in Minnesota — a reminder that energy bills will soon increase.  However, if Democrats have their way, families could be hit harder and all year-round with higher energy bills. And, some families — particularly those that farm and live in rural America — would be hit harder than others under the proposed cap-and-trade national energy tax that remains at the top of the majority’s agenda.

Nuclear power is key to U.S.’s future electricity supply

Even from the bottom of what they’re calling the Great Recession, it is clear that America will have to generate roughly 40 percent more electricity in the next 20 years if we’re to keep up with people’s needs and ensure long-term national prosperity. Fortunately, we know how to do it. Unfortunately, we’re not acting on that knowledge.