June 13th, 2009
01:38 PM ET
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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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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Owlcat

    More nonsense from the Party of No

    June 13, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Dallasite

    I don't mind the idea of drilling for oil, so long as it doesn't destroy the environment in the process. That is what bothers me most about "drill baby drill." If we have to do without a little energy to save the most beautiful places on earth? So be it. We're using too much already. People don't know the worth of something until its gone.

    The Republican plan appeals to me, but I need more details instead of broad, overreaching statements. Likewise for the Democrats' plan. Either way, our energy costs will rise–our fuel supply is finite. It's simply a matter of how much and when. Regulation is a very careful line.

    June 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Typical Republican garbage. More oil drilling and 'Nucular' power plants (not in their back yard of course) and any attempt to help the environment will cost jobs and amounts to a 'tax'. Do shut up.

    June 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Len

    I do not care what the party of NO says.

    June 13, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Jefe

    Without having read their bill to see if it is unnecessarily generous to oil companies, or damaging to the arctic environment, the basic idea of what they are proposing is actually a good idea. (And its been decades since anyone of sound mind could say this about a Republican proposal)

    Combine what the majority of people's short-sight concerns are now, with a methodology to get to our ultimate goal of drastically cutting down emissions and other energy-environmental damage, and achieving complete and total energy independence.

    What we should do is, instead of dumping hundreds of billions of dollars into failed corporations, form a Department of Energy 'Army', creating plentiful jobs, and use it to develop the Bakken Formation, capturing probably our nation's richest oil natural resource for us, the People. As we know from oil corporation profits, we would earn more money than we spent, and help to offset our own tax base.

    June 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. andrewstl

    wow!! i am shcocked to see the gop have an issue. they are such a positive group. let me guess anything that dont like will bring down america. well the gop liked bush and cheney and that did almost bring us down. go away and get a new idea and some new members otherwise you will be irrelevant again as you are now.

    ps sarah plain is not the answer

    June 13, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Cire

    An all of the above approach...as long as it doesn't involve reducing dependence on oil, stopping dramatic climate change, or all around involving any effort on Republicans. Lazy bums

    June 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Chris in Buffalo

    The Republicans just don't get it, do they? By rejecting science, from stem cell research to evolution to climate change, they ensure that the American people will continue to suffer. I don't know how you can base a party on so many concepts that run counter to the best available scientific evidence.

    The same goes for their economic policies: Where did borrow and spend (combined with massive tax cuts aimed at upper-income earners) get us in the 1980s? Where did it get us now? The entire party simply seems to be a bunch of whiners.

    June 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown

    Republicans are LOSERS!!!!!

    June 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Larry

    More Republican BIG WORDS with no facts or data

    Where were the Republicans BIG WORDS when the Bush plan was to continue on the path to nowhere ...?

    The Party Of NO ... with plenty of NO ideas ...

    June 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    DRILL DRILL DRILL .. same old gas from the repubs. Lets put the nuclear waste station in your backyard Mr. Pence. Oh, wait, we can put it close to the indians in their reservations!

    June 13, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Mike

    There is nothing that the democrats propose that the GOP will agree with or support so lets just ignore them. Let them stumble around whatever delusional place that they exist in until they learn to try to work with the democrats. This their way or the highway may have worked when they were in power but it seems a little silly now. As for the republicans being worried about the consumer, that is a joke they are just trying to protect the utilities. Can anyone name one forward thinking policy proposal that the republicans have done since Nixon who created the EPA? NO NO NO NO NO.NO NO...........GOP=NOP

    June 13, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    Do you need some more rosin Emperor Nero? The stupidity of the GOP on this one goes way beyond simply being wrong in fact "wrong" would be an improvment. Here is the the dirty (and inconveneint) truth about global warming. The rich will survive it. Atfer all "a rising tide lifts all yachts" As we saw with Katrina the most vulnerable in our world can't afford a second home in the mountains (future islands) and they can't afford to move either. Those of you who point out that "the world has been hotter than we will make it" you are right but would it have supported 7 billion people back then?

    June 13, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. DB

    It's a plan from the dems. The repubs will cry no matter what like always. How about we just keep drilling for oil until it's gone and we can't breathe our own air. Whoever is against this should go try to live in China where there are no EPA or standards.

    June 13, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Mike in Indiana

    Cap and trade is a stupid way to hide an energy tax. It's been a bust in Europe.
    Energy taxes would be better than either the Democrat or the Republican plans to induce energy conservation, and to finance alternative energy technology.

    June 13, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Dixon

    Nothing new here from Republicans. I am so tired of hearing no from these people on every issue. I wait for the day when Republicans figure out their ideas did not work. We need to move forward to repair the damage done this past eight years. You can't bash every new idea then say Obama is the most divisive President ever. It is you all that are divisive...

    June 13, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. feckless

    Will Congressman Pence will have one of the new tax payer funded nuclear power plants right next to HIS HOUSE?

    How will Mr. Pence pay for the trillions to build these new potential chernobyls? He probably wants to put it on our chinese credit cards like he did for the completely unfunded Iraq war and medicare prescription drug benefit.

    Conservative? HA!

    June 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Mark, Phoenix

    The GOP pushed us into war and to the edge of environmental disaster with their energy policies. Why should we listen to anything these clowns have to say, under the pretense of caring about the average American? Two oilmen, Bush & Cheney, totally incinerated any credibility the Republicans have on this subject.

    June 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. John

    I am a conservative but i am fed up with the GOP. For 8 years, they ('we' until now) have ignored ecology and increased our dependence on foreign energy. Why? The only reason I can think of is that either Bush was bought by big business or that he really was that much of a follower of his daddy's oil politics. Until the Conservative Party is formed and can address issues without being knee jerk anti-liberal, I am no longer part of the GOP. (It's not that I am liberal but that I think someone is defining what is liberal and hence what the GOP should be against for their own purposes because I am very conservative but I simply don't see the logic behind what a lot of these guys are doing.)

    June 13, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Enviro_Econ

    Let me get this straight. The Republican party wants to cut CO2 emissions by using government subsidies instead of a market based approach such as a cap-and-trade program. Wow, the GOP really doesn't have any core principles. I'm all for alternative views and there certainly are a lot of problems with Waxman-Markey, but dissenting just for the sake of dissention won't get Republicans very far.

    June 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. truthsayer

    Typical!!!...and do they have any alternative but to raise taxes. Nope!

    June 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. David E Szewczak


    What a surprise.
    This is truly a party of loosers.

    God help us all if they ever get back in power with their way of thinking.

    June 13, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. KC

    Republicans don't like the idea of an energy tax because so many of them CHOSE to live in distant, exclusive suburbs and therefore, any added cost of gas will hit them much harder than us poor slobs who live within city limits and commute only a short distance, often on foot or by bus.

    I used to work with a husband and wife who commuted 50 miles each way to the same office, usually leaving and arriving within 10-15 minutes of each other, and when I suggested they carpool, they looked at me oddly. "Why? We can afford to drive two cars." The green factor never entered into their thinking.

    I now work at home. I don't own a car because there are 12 city bus routes near my house that will get me anywhere I need to go. Go ahead, run up the cost of gas to $10 a gallon; doesn't bother me one iota. But it will sure bother all those Republicans living in the outer suburbs whose commute starts costing them $50 a day.

    June 13, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Pat F

    I predict that this will ultimately be the downfall of the Democratic party. Fear-mongering on climate change, giveaways to the alternative energy hustlers, massive tax increases and unemployment – all for nothing. Why for nothing? Because China is opening 1,000 new coal burning plants EVERY YEAR. Even if climate change is man-made, the pathetic little impact the Obamessiah is proposing will be a drop in the bucket – but a nice little boondoggle for his donors in the alternative energy industry.

    This will be the Democrat's Waterloo.

    June 13, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Neutralizer

    That's what democraps are good for, TAXING anything they can think of. I'm waiting for democraps to tax people every time they make a dump in the toilet of empty their bladder.

    Nothing new with democraps, they love jobs but they hate corporations creating jobs. What choice corporations have but move their business overseas where they pay less corporate taxes.

    Cap and trade is the project of Al Gore, he's salivating to make millions out of it at the expense of ordinary Joe working to feed his family. I am against cap and trade, I'm sure my fellow Americans are against it too. Al Gore is working behind the scene for cap and trade to pass. GE, the parent company of NBC, MSNBC, CNBC are also pushing for cap and trade to pass; they'lll make billions in profit for their wind turbine. If we are very serious about less consumption of fossil fuel, lets promote use of SOLAR PANELS. Wind turbine causes NOISE POLLUTION and detrimental to health of humans.

    GENERAL ELECTRIC the BIGGEST beneficiary of cap and trade are busy promoting Obama thru their own TV networks.

    The American people are slighted once again by the democraps. HELL NO! WE DON'T WANT CAP AND TRADE!

    June 13, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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