June 13th, 2009
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Republicans target climate bill

Rep. Mike Pence gets 'The Last Word' on CNN's 'State of the Union with John King' this Sunday. Tune in at 9 a.m. ET.
Rep. Mike Pence gets 'The Last Word' on CNN's 'State of the Union with John King' this Sunday. Tune in at 9 a.m. ET.

(CNN) – Indiana Rep. Mike Pence on Saturday touted the Republicans' omnibus, “all-of-the-above” energy plan, while warning that proposals from Democrats would lead to higher energy prices and massive job losses.

Pence, the chairman of the House GOP American Energy Solutions Group, and other House Republicans this week introduced the American Energy Act, a plan they say will reduce energy costs, create jobs and help clean up the environment.

The plan calls for expanded exploration of domestic sources for oil and natural gas, a commitment to nuclear energy, investments in renewable and alternative energy technology and incentives for the public to focus on conservation.

“The American Energy Act is the comprehensive energy solution this country desperately needs to achieve energy independence, create good jobs and help our environment,” Pence said in the weekly Republican address.

Republicans have criticized the Democrats' proposal to curb greenhouse emissions using the so-called “cap-and-trade” program, saying it amounts to an energy tax.

A bill drafted by Democrats sets a target for cutting greenhouse gases by 17 percent from their 2005 levels by 2020. An auction for the credits, which effectively starts in 2014, allows businesses that meet the new energy standard to sell their credits to those who are still working to become more energy efficient. The theory is that as businesses become more energy efficient and less polluting, the market in pollution credits will help bring down emissions.

According to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, when the auction goes into full effect it could yield an average of about $100 billion a year. Democrats argue this will spur a new marketplace for clean energy technologies and generate new "green" jobs.

Most House Republicans contend that as utility companies work to meet the new standards, they will pass on the costs of the new mandates to consumers.

“This national energy tax amounts to an economic declaration of war on America's families, small businesses and family farms. The American people know we can do better,” Pence said.

Rep. Mike Pence gets "The Last Word" on CNN's "State of the Union with John King" this Sunday. Tune in at 9 a.m. ET.


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  1. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    Mike Pence is an embarrassment to the state of Indiana. He's anti-science, or else, he's not honest enough to admit it the science if valid. How or why people elect such scientifically ignorant people is mind-boggling.

    June 13, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Leah

    So CNN whwere are the details?? Why is it that the republicans can present a budget without numbers, and now an energy proposal with no details but the President on a RADIO address is maligned for no specific details but ir is fine for the Republicans to do the same thing?

    For example, where are these nulear energy plants going to be built, where is the waste going to be stored, who is going to pay to build them and when will they be functional??

    June 13, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. I laugh at Limbaugh daily.

    Lets just quit playing around,it time to nationalize big oil and gas and put all those profits to the peoples good use, not just the rich.

    June 13, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Peoples Voice

    We do indeed need more nuclear plants. It's the best way to go.

    June 13, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    OK – at least a few suggestions this time.

    HOWEVER – NIMBY – there will be no nuclear waste created or stored anywhere until the government comes up with fail-proof safety. How about that?

    June 13, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Matt

    Lemme guess, the Chimp-n-Chief will call the Republicans 'The Party of No' again.

    Obama is doing everything he can to destroy the U.S. economy, and we need to stop him.

    June 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Paul

    I am a registered Democrat and an Obama supporter, and I think the Republicans have some good ideas here regarding an alternative to the 'cap-and-trade' proposal. However, I think the GOP could get further with their good ideas and have more credibility to see things like this pass if they would stop bashing the Obama administration just for the heck of it at every turn.

    Take a clue, GOP: America will listen. You don't have to change your conservative policies if you change your anti-liberal image.

    June 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Bryan

    Don't worry about the fact that this will drive energy prices through the roof in the midwest...This will create 10's of jobs for Pelosi and Waxman is the socialist state of Cali.

    Good thing the government subsities (you know those pesky tax breaks and such that the dems rally against since they all go to "big buisiness) are about 20x higher for "green energy" a developing industry, than for nuclear energy which we already know works.

    What I am trying to figure out is how to get fired from my job so I can line up for all the freebies that Barry is promising...any suggestions?

    June 13, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. ThinkAboutIt

    Exploration of domestic sources for oil and natural gas = drill in Alaska.

    Everyone knows that will only benefit the companies involved in the drilling, because, after 10 years of effort (and huge expense), we'll only get about 6 months' worth of oil. From a cost-benefit-analysis point of view, that makes no sense.

    Regarding nuclear energy, where do you propose we store the waste? No one wants it, but it has to go somewhere.

    Trotting out phrases like "economic declaration of war on America's families" is just another fear-mongering, knee-jerk sound bite put together by the GOP's focus group brigade.

    It adds nothing to the political dialog, and only serves to stir up the GOP's base.

    Once again, the GOP is contributing nothing of substance to addressing our country's pressing problems.

    June 13, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Dan

    I have a feeling that if Obama came out and said he supports all kinds of puppies, the GOP would immediately respond that puppies are dangerous and will hurt our childrens' future.

    June 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. JonDie

    It 's incredible that Republicans oppose creating thousands of green jobs that will free our country from dependence on petroleum...FOREVER.

    But that's the Republican philosphy: NEVER look forward to the future, NEVER find real solutions to our problems; always try to lead the country backward in time to the past.

    June 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. lovable liberal

    Same old lame Republican attempts to solve a market externality with the same market that has the externality, and of course they trump up some faux populism to sell it.

    June 13, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Keeth in California

    Mike Pence is not to be trusted. He lamented Obama's handshake with Chavez and claimed the president was being careless and allowing himself to be used as propaganda by Chavez. Funny, we didn't hear Republicans making the same claim when Bush shook hands with Chavez. Funny, there was no opposition when Bush Sr or Reagan or any other predecessor shook hands with Soviet Premiers.

    Bottom line, Pence will say anything to score partisan points. The truth doesn't get in his way.

    June 13, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Reformed Republican

    This is a plan? The rethugicants must be real morons. Basically they are proposing "Drill Baby Drill" and more nukes, both of which will take 10-15 years to develop. In the mean time they want us to do what Jimma Carter wanted us to do in the 70's – Turn down our thermostats and wear sweaters.
    As for the environment they take the usual "Our Christian God will take care of things" approach so there is no need to curtail spewing CO2 unchecked. Besides, like Michelle Bachmann said, "CO2 is natural".
    Idiots...

    June 13, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. DannyRay 1950

    Another "I don't have any ideas, but I don't like yours" from the Republicans. It's getting tiresome. Someone change the record, please.

    June 13, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Robyn

    WE MUST WASTE ! ! !

    WE MUST POLLUTE ! ! !

    WE MUST SACRIFICE OUR KIDS TO ENSURE OIL COMPANY PROFITS ! ! !

    The bleating of the Republican Sheep grow louder every day, as they come up with ever more twisted and bizarre logic on why poisoning our air and water and mortgaging our future to oil terrorists is a Core Republican Party Value.

    June 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Bill

    Republicans = Be afraid. Be scared. Dangerous. Boo!!!

    June 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Earl

    Poor Mr Pence you and your miss guided energy policies are buried in the stink of greed, lack of vision of the future and lack of insight. The word Eron and saying drill baby drill, is just down right stupid. And I own a car that is not enviornmentally friendly making the presendential limo look like a electric car. I get it, the majority of Americans get it, we have to change our ways dramatically now.
    We are past the point of thinking about clean energy, we need clean energy now. We have wasted opportunity after opportunity to create energy independance through the last 30 years, create a new American manufacturing base that can be a major stablizing factor in American economics. I guess after this rant of mine, I have only one question. Why do you not get the sense of urgency Mr Pence?

    June 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Alison

    Party of NO, comes through again!

    June 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Dawn from PA

    Wow this is so interesting. Lets drill everywhere, on shore off shore, drill on Natural Reserves near the Colorado River, instead of chanting Drill Baby Drill, it will be Glow Baby Glow....

    Why do the Democrates want to do things that is not an eye sore, harnessing the sun and the wind, it is free and quite natural and we got plenty of it.

    Just think, oil rigs all over the place or wind turbines....

    Is the Amercan People that guliable and stuck in the 20th century or are you coming forth to the 21st century... Sometimes it is easy to look back when life was a tad but easier.

    June 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Pete T

    Yep, "cap and trade" is effectively a tax and that is a good thing. Taxing to drive behavior has its place in good policy. While we are at it, it's time to raise taxes on gasoline and drive ourselves away from internal combustion engines in cars. Simplistic economics that relies on Adam Smith's "invisible hand" does not scale to this level, and is based on a flawed assumption that markets are made up of purely rational actors. Recent studies of how humans make decisions shows that is absolutely not the case, so we need to get over it and start working together to fix our problems actively rather than relying on cumulative self interest to get us where we need to go.

    June 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Better yet – bury the nuclear waste in the back yards of Republican families to test whether or not it's safe to store elsewhere. INSURANCE that it's done right.

    June 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Fla.

    More fear-mongering and the same old tired GOP pushing for their greedy Big Oil, which is at the heart of hurting Americans families while making record-breaking profits off our struggles!

    What about offering a constructive compromise that looks to energy PROGRESS? Is that even in the capacity of this constant GOP criticism/obstruction?!

    June 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. SR

    Here's the way Republicans work on most any issue:

    1. Think of how to protect your rich buddies.
    2. Think of simplistic answer to a complex issue.
    3. Come up with a pack of lies to back it up.
    4. Spew the lies, laced with a bit of hatred along with a slogan or two: "Drill Baby Drill."
    4. Get Bubba to swallow it hook line and sinker.

    A lot of us aren't fooled, though.

    June 13, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Earl

    Just a follow-up to my last comment. When two different beliefs collide over such an important issue as the need to create a thoughtful energy policy. Compromise is what is significant. Otherwise, everyone is in the way. So don't bury the your beloved republican party any deeper than it already is. Because the American public will make the republican party irrelevant if progress is not made.

    June 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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