June 13th, 2009
01:38 PM ET
6 years ago

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. bimmer

    Tax this tax that tax air.

    June 13, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Post always rejected by CNN

    Gee AND his rubber stamp of bush's outrageous policies didn't cause all this in the first place. gee...what a two faced bunch of people these republicans BE.

    June 13, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Diane

    Yeah, it's better to deny there's a problem and let big business continue to pollute and make profits because we all know those profits will trickle down and global warming is not proven, anyway. Just a bunch of science, which everyone knows is not as important as faith! And let's just drill the crap out the wildlife preserves in Alaska. Great plan!

    June 13, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Tony

    We need an energy tax! Oil and coal industries have been allowed to pollute our common environment for decades without punishment. That amounts to a massive subsidy of those energy sources. Add to that the actual subsidies they have been receiving.

    If we want to have a livable planet and we want to maintain the energy marketplace, then the only way to do that is to make polluting companies pay for the damage they are doing. Tax greenhouse gas emitting industries out of existence. They've prospered outrageously on humanity's dime for too long.

    June 13, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. MA

    We ought to have an energy tax, especially for carbon based energy. It will actually give people an incentive to stop wasting it and for companies to produce energy efficient machine and to produce their own products more cheaply. Especially if some of the tax revenue went to subsidize energy efficient products, offsetting costs to consumers. Considering the already big tax breaks for doing things like making your homes more energy efficient, this would be a step in the right direction.

    We also ought to be doing something like Japan does, making the most efficient model of any given appliance the mandatory standard of efficiency every few years (or maybe it is every year, I can't recall).

    June 13, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. katiec

    Of course they do.
    Drill, baby drill.
    Don't worry about nuclear waste and
    don't give a second thought about what
    our grandchildren, great grandchildren will
    face with the environment.

    June 13, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Dave in Albuquerque

    Why do all the Republican proposals involve guys in suits making as much money as possible, and letting the rest of us suffer the consequences?

    June 13, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. dustbunny

    I agree with Mr. Pence. Why can't we use our own recourses for ourselvs. With nucler power it would work great. The Dems. cap and trade is not workable because of the cost to the american people. Other countrys are not going to go along with lowering the green house gases any way.

    June 13, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Common Sense

    If cap and trade is such a good thing, why not start it during this administration? Why wait until 2014? Because when people realize what it is costing them, the current Bozo's in Congress will not have to deal with their wrath and might even find a way to blame it on Republicans.

    June 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. renee

    big surprise...

    June 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. WDM

    The party of no.

    June 13, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. DaBird

    The idea is good but not well thought out. One study shows it will cost 2 jobs for every job it creates. If the US spends billions but cannot get anyone else in the world to participate, then it is a waste. Lastly, EVERY TAXPAYER WILL PAY MORE IN TAXES.

    June 13, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Ian, Philadelphia PA

    Typically Democrat answer to a problem ... if it eats, sleeps, breathes or moves, tax it.

    June 13, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. james

    I'm very sick of the republican anti-environment ,economic strength at all cost, attitude.

    June 13, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Gary

    Nothing new here. What haen't they complained about opposed?

    June 13, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Ed

    Rep. Mike Pence - this is the same old let's not do the right thing thinking that we have all heard for years - besides he and the republican party need those polluters dollars. It not about public health and global warming - it about protecting our contributors. The Repulicans had 8 years to do something - now they have a plan to kill progress

    June 13, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. S

    Fear mongering on behalf of the GOP for power/money's sake...we all know you guys are bought and whose real interests you represent...not the American people's interests...not even business interests...only interested in your few overtly rich and powerful friends who love tax breaks at the behest of the rest of us hardworking Americans..when you have a real, ingenius plan...then you can open your mouths, but until then...shutty! What a travesty we still have such a party in America!

    June 13, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Makes some people wonder why nothing was done for 8 years, but now they want to lead????????

    June 13, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. S.

    Oh, yeah, this is the same plan they had during the last two elections and the GOP did a lot of deregulating which hasn't helped the environment or the American people with jobs one bit...so again, shut up!

    June 13, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. wendy

    Republicans need to stop talking, the environment is going down hill, it has been proven scientfically and we can feel its effects now. There are other living species on this world, i think we should fix what we've done wrong in the past

    June 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. S Callahan

    declares the Lord
    My people have committed two sins:
    They have forsaken me,
    the spring of the living water,
    and have dug thier own cisterns
    broken cisterns that cannot hold water...
    Have you not brougth this on yourselves
    by forsaking the Lord your God
    when he led you in the way?
    Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you
    when you forsake the Lord your God
    and have no awe of me
    declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty. Read Jeremiah Chap 2

    June 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. katiec

    Hey CNN, how about "Republicans attack climate bill but acceptable details are sparse.
    You know, kinda relates to thin??

    June 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. GOPer

    The GOP continues to flounder preying on "Fear". It would be nice to have a GOP that is a party of solutions and the future. So long as the GOP, Palin is a great example, continues to stoke the flames of fear, we as a party will go nowhere.

    I hope somebody from the GOP is reading these posts! They need to know how far out of touch they are from mainstream America.

    June 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Carl Justus

    We see again the republicans are owned by the oil cartel and will go any lengths to stop any good move to renewable fuels.

    They still want the bill that was written by the oil companies and given to Cheney to try to force upon the American public. Cheney invited all the major energy companies to give him the bill they wanted and he is not man enough to present even players to American people.

    Cheney will to any lengths to fill his pockets and bank account. He even started a subsidiary of Halliburton off shore of USA and did business with Iran and it was and sitll is illegal for any American company to do business with Iran, that is how much he loves this country, he loves the money he can make by doing business here and abroad if necessary, legal or illegal.

    June 13, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Frank

    Cap and trade is a market mechanism for reducing GHG emissions in an economically efficient way. Its the very opposite of a tax.

    This Republican habit of lying through their teeth seems to have settled into an unbreakable pattern. Anything that they don't like is either a "tax" or it's "terrorism."

    All that they have to offer America is the message "BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID!"

    June 13, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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