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Energy and Climate Control Bill Passes House June 26, 2009


Wall Street Journal

JUNE 26, 2009, 7:24 P.M. ET

House Passes Landmark Climate Bill

WASHINGTON In a triumph for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House has narrowly passed sweeping legislation calling for the nation’s first-ever limits on pollution linked to global warming.

The bill also aims to usher in a new era of cleaner, yet more costly energy.

The vote was 219-212, capping months of negotiations and days of intense bargaining among Democrats. Republicans were overwhelmingly against the measure, saying it would cost jobs in the midst of a recession.

The 1,200 page bill — formally known as the “American Clean Energy and Security Act” — will reach into almost every corner of the U.S. economy. By putting a price on emissions of common gases, such as carbon dioxide, the bill would affect the way electricity is generated, how homes and offices are designed, how foreign trade is conducted and how much Americans pay to drive or to heat their homes.

The House climate bill would give a big boost to a number of nascent industries, such as wind-generated electricity and solar power. The bill would mandate that 15% of the nation’s electricity come from sources such as wind and solar power by 2020, greatly expanding the market and profit potential for investors in those sectors and potentially creating thousands of new jobs. Mr. Obama and other Democratic leaders insisted the measure will spur job-creating investments in “green” technologies, while lessening U.S. reliance on foreign oil. They said the fear that higher energy costs will result is overblown, in part because savings from energy-efficiency investments could offset most or all of the costs to consumers.

“The need to act is clear and urgent,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman. The California Democrat is the chief architect of the bill, along with Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would have a modest impact on family budgets. The CBO projects an annual economy-wide cost in 2020 of $22 billion, or about $175 per household.

But Republicans said that estimate lowballs the actual cost for families, and they have noted that a CBO report last year said a tax on emissions would be “the most efficient, incentive-based option” for cutting emissions. They said the measure amounted to a job-killing tax on consumers and businesses. “The Waxman-Markey bill promises to destroy our standard of living,” said Rep. Frank Lucas (R., Okla.).

gore gifI hear that the passage of this will be the Holy Grail of all taxes on the American middle class, an estimated $450-$500 per household. One thing that troubles me about Obama’s administration is that they are doing so much so fast. These changes are not just ordering new carpet or reorganizing the presidential bed pans, these are really major changes proposed all within six months of his taking office. Like many of the Democrat backed bills, this one seems to be a stinker. Scientists don’t agree with it, much in the way leading economists did not agree with Obama’s stimulus package. We shall see.

Meanwhile Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) checked out of rehab for substance abuse just in time to follow in his uncle’s footsteps and vote for the bill.

Fox News

House Passes Milestone Energy, Climate Change Bill

The House of Representatives Friday approved a milestone energy and climate change bill that would curb greenhouse gasses omitted by industry and agriculture.

Chad Pergram

Friday, June 26, 2009

The House of Representatives Friday approved a milestone energy and climate change bill that would curb greenhouse gasses omitted by industry and agriculture.

The vote was 219-212.

At least eight Republicans sided with Democrats on the plan.

For the Democratic leadership, the vote had been a nail biter for the days. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) worked the floor for most of the week, a list scrolled up in her hand, of lawmakers she needed to court to approve the landmark legislation. In the end, Democrats twisted just ebough arms and leaned on their members to secure the necessary votes to pass the controversial package.

And they even rallied a few lawmakers to come to Washington who hadn’t appeared here in weeks.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) came in to vote for the plan after committing himself to rehab a few weeks ago. He’s struggled with alcohol and medication addiction.

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) also came back to the House to vote in favor after being sidelined for three weeks for surgery.

Geeze, you can’t get some of these Democrats to pay their own taxes but they will leave drug rehab and come back from the dead to make sure you pay yours.

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9 Responses to “Energy and Climate Control Bill Passes House”

  1. Marcy Says:

    Your last sentence is so perceptive, it makes me laugh and cry at the same time.

    • afrocity Says:

      Marcy, I feel that way about the state of our country in general. The death of Michael and Farrah, Ed McMahon has made me realize that those were pretty cool times and very innocent.

  2. loudmouthjewishbabe Says:

    Jeff Flake (R) of AZ-( Mesa ) did NOT vote. Was told by his sec. that he was a Firm NO. WTF????

    Greenpeace has even rejected this bill in its current form.

    Let’s all copy our energy bills and send them to the “yes” men/women. I have them on file going back 2 years. APS even is so good as to supply a “kilowatt used” bar graph to compare usage from one year prior.

    All this does i to illustrate that while using LESS, we are constantly paying MORE! And 3 of the 5 AZ Corporate Commissioners are Dems- one even by the name of Kennedy,lollol.

    So, the DEMOCRAT majority ACC is set to approve yet another round of price rises July 1.

    Here is a list of things on my APS bill:

    Basic Service Charge
    Delivery Service Charge

    **Enviornmental Benefits Surcharge**

    **Federal Enviornmental Improvement Surcharge**

    Competition Rules Compliance Charge

    System benefits charge

    Power Supply Adjustment

    Metering (we had new automatic “smart meters” direct line to APS facility and now have to pay for it)

    Meter reading (why this charge- there is NO person coming to read meters, hence “smart meter)”


    Generation of electricity (on-peak)

    Generation of electricity (off-peak)

    Transmission and ancillary services -but they won’t tell you what the “ancillary services” are

    Transmission cost adjustment

    Interim Rate Surcharge

    Taxes (and fees- the “legal” definition of another tax disguised as something else so you won’t think it’s a tax)

    city, county, state, franchise fee, regulatory assessment

    Ya tired yet?

    • loudmouthjewishbabe Says:

      Word now out that Jeff Flake (R) MISSED this vote to return home in time to see his daughter in a teenage beauty pageant. Constituency furious!!!!!

      It doesn’t matter if Nancy decided to hold the vote at 10 pm. Flake knows he has to vote in person and that is his JOB! If he wanted to be more of a stay home dad he should have found another job!

  3. bob Says:

    Eight ‘Republicans’ voted for this monstrosity. Which was enough to push it over the top. Like to know what the quid pro quo was there. Our country is really having a period of insanity at this time, but, will it pass in time? The Chinese must be celebrating.

    Attend a Tea Party this Fourth of July, and have a good 4th.

  4. manbearpig68 Says:

    It amazing how this bill is just sliding by people. No better time than during a crisis to pass a giant tax bill.. Maybe for extra reassurance Nancy and Company are really responsible for Michael Jackson’s death just to fill up all media outlets so nobody thinks about anything else..

  5. Yesterday I asked my Obama supporting sister what she thought of cap and trade. She replied, “Captain who?”

    We have very little time before this legislation reaches the Senate floor to make sure every American has heard of the bill and understands the implications. The Heritage Foundation found that by 2035, these energy restrictions will cost our economy $6,800/year for each family of four. That’s a lot of money to spend on trendy, highly disputed scientific theories. I am astonished that this is happening in America.

    And BTW Afrocity, that animated GIF of Algore made me throw up in my mouth. Thanks for that. :b

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