May 30th, 2009
10:15 AM ET
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Hawaii gal

    Big suprise! Again, the Republicans don't like what the President and his administration are proposing, this is not news. No matter what Obama wants to do, they will object to it. How can they even look at themselves in the mirror, it was their party that has destroyed our country over the last 8 years, and they want it to continue, regardless of what it does to the country, they just want their power back. Sorry, GOP your are a dying breed. This country is more than a bunch of old rich white men.

    May 30, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. srichey

    Nice to hear a republican express alternatives in an intelligent manner without appealing to the lowest common denominator by using fear and misinformation (relatively speaking). The coal/energy lobby obviously has their hooks in him but at least he doesn't sound like an idiot and seems to have some sort of plan.

    May 30, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Mark S.

    If Democrats, including the President, truly wanted to set politics aside in this age of bipartisanship, they would listen carefully to Gov. Daniels and then speak truthfully to the American people. The world we live in is surely important to us all, but to play politics with environmental science in the name of raising money for our government's spending habits does a diservice to us all.

    May 30, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Post always rejected by CNN

    Would someone explain this to me. Everything the democrats are proposing AND doing to bring this country back up on it's feet, the republicans are either opposing or obstructing.

    Tell me this. If they were so darn good at knowing everything and doing everything, how come they started a war with an innocent country that had absolutely nothing to do with attacking the Twin Towers. How come they ruined our reputation and planted the seeds of distruct around the world by torturing and lying about it. AND how come the ruined the economy, lost millions and millions of job by allowing greedy companies to outsource good benefit, and paying jobs. How come they have done nothing to help this country but only drove it down in the eight years since bush was appointed by the supreme court.

    NOW THEY say they are the ones who are able to FIX THE MESS they made. Do you think any self respecting American would ever trust this crooked, corrupt, lying bunch of self centered individuals in congress and around the country again. I think not.

    May 30, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Wes

    Forget costly.... how about unconstitutional and/or un-american?

    May 30, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. T Mckinley

    Here we go again....Republicans protecting "polluters rights."

    May 30, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Had It

    What's the matter GOP? No more wealth-building for only the old white men? What a shame !

    May 30, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Karl

    Manufacturing jobs leaving to China or India? Already happening buddy – the Waxman-Markey bill is not perfect, but will help reduce our carbon emissions and help midwestern states re-tool for a clean energy future.

    No chance of realizing it's objective? And all for what? The "Administrations computer models"? The Pelosi bill? This guy is full of sneaky ways to frame this discussion.

    All for what? The survival of the human race – we know as U.S. citizens that when we lead, the world follows.

    This guy knows nothing of climate science and the dire consequences of inaction – slow down? We've already wasted 8 years.

    He should read the latest International Panel on Climate Change report (IPCC) or the recent report by MIT scientists. We must do something and quickly.

    May 30, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Gerry

    Here it come's for those who make less than $250,000 per year. This one of your first new taxes.

    May 30, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Marty, Grand Rapids

    I'm sorry, we don't have a choice now do we. Pay now or pay a lot more later. Corporations need to understand they can't dump their waste byproducts in our air for free anymore. Prices will rise but will come down as time moves on. This will have the added benefit of keeping us from buying fuel from other countries and keeping those energy dollars in the united states. Not sure why republicans feel the need to sacrifice our health and security for a few dollars.

    May 30, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Denna

    Ha. My guess is that if the Repuglicans are against it, it must be good. Did you guys talk this over with Russ first? Don't want to get spanked. Why don't the Repubicans just say goodbye? Stop standing in the way of progress.

    May 30, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. arithmetic is liberal

    When is a Republican going to grow a spine and come down on the side of years of scientific evidence instead of kissing the ring of car company investors?

    May 30, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Osama Bin Laden

    After the trillions you have left the country in. I don't see how any Republican can be taken seriously with comments, "Oh! that is too costly." Please go away you darn Republicans.

    May 30, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Pepper from CA

    The Gov is making statements that are not true. Jobs in coal would most likely go away. However, new jobs would be created to replace those coal jobs lost. Not only is the Gov here wrong on his science but this is an ad for Indiana and not the concern of all of the US. Yes I am from California and we have terrible smog and emissions and so yes we are the first to see the impact. States with high emissions are seeing the impact and we are the canary in the mine... If economics is not brought into the situation businesses will continue as they have for years. Like the cigarette companies they know the impact of emissions but they would rather let you die than lose their bottom line. Of course...in the end if we all die their bottom line will not matter.

    May 30, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. tigerakabj

    As opposed to what? Keep doing what we've been doing for the past 30 years?

    Look, just like last summer's high gas prices ($4/gallon, courtesy of the oil boys up in the White House) lit a fire under people's rear ends to stop driving so much, carpooling more, and wasting gas, we also need more incentives to use less energy and get on the road to alternative energy.

    Transitioning to an economy that uses alternative energy as the main sources is not going to be painless. Like they saying goes: no pain, no gain. We've had this coming for a long time, and now is the time to make alternative energy profitable by making dirty, polluting energy more expensive.

    And lastly, Mr. Daniels, the GOP had their chance to do right by America. Tax cuts for the rich only, subsidies to the oil and gas industry (folks who don't need them), trickle-down/supply side, deregulation days are over.

    May 30, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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