December 12th, 2009
02:33 PM ET
7 months ago

Blackburn calls Dems plan a 'nightmare'


Washington (CNN) – Rep. Marsha Blackburn blasted President Obama and his fellow Democrats 'cap and trade' energy legislation Saturday, calling it a "bureaucratic nightmare" for small businesses and households across the country.

In the weekly Republican radio and Web address, Blackburn said the Presidents plan for energy efficiency will only push the country toward a deeper economic recession.

"If President Obama has his way, the Copenhagen conference will produce mandatory emissions limits that would destroy millions of American jobs and damage our economic competitiveness for decades to come," the Tennessee congresswoman said.

While in Copenhagen, Denmark, next week, Obama is expected to set a goal of reducing emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels over the next decade.

"Just think of what will happen to small businesses and manufacturers hit with these skyrocketing energy bills," Blackburn added. "With Americans already facing double-digit unemployment, there could not be a worse time to unilaterally disarm our engines of job creation and economic growth."

According to the latest CNN Opinion Research Corporation poll, six in 10 Americans support a "cap and trade" proposal to cut pollution.

Touting her proposed bill H.R. 391, which aims amend the Clean Air Act so greenhouse gases are not subject to the act, Blackburn emphasized the Republicans aren't opposed to energy efficiency.

"Republicans are all for clean water, clean air, and clean energy," Blackburn said. "We just don't think we have to tax people out of their house and home to get there. That's why we have proposed an 'all of the above' energy strategy that says, let's put every clean, responsible energy option on the table so we can create jobs, ease the strain on family budgets, and clean up our environment."


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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. ran

    Like ever other issue the Republicans are going to fear/hate/obstruct this issue as well. Can not say I and others didn't tell you so. This is why we need to elect in 2010/2012 more true Democrats or Independents and not a single Republican.

    Enough of the fear/hate obstructionism.

    December 12, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. phoenix86

    Cap and trade = TAX AND SPEND

    December 12, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. Awasis

    Want to talk about a nightmare? How about the oceans rising and flooding millions in America. It is really appalling when people put short term interest ahead of what is best in the long run.

    December 12, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. Death Panel Sarah

    Another reptili'con', right-wing wack-job!!!

    What do they want, an 'inconvenience' for business or a burned up planet???

    Why can't they 'get it' that we HAVE to curb carbon emissions at ALL costs???

    We could burn all the hydrogen we need for energy, as the by-product is WATER. All other fuels, with the exception of nuclear, produce carbon in one form or another(and that includes natural gas).

    December 12, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. MitchB

    Sounds promising what you are all about, but why are you so against it if someone else do something about it. Re- Evaluate your priorties. I'm from MO, Show-Me !!

    December 12, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    And this woman is relevant because?

    December 12, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Jack in Florida

    Where do the republicans get these people!!????? Who is she anyway, and why do we care????

    Another politican with her head where the sun doesn't shine! How about getting some thoughtful, insightful individuals to actually say something intelligent!!

    December 12, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Keith in Austin

    Blackburn speaks the truth and is yet another, bright face for Conservatism.

    December 12, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. TMart

    I find the approach of the Republicans towards climate change to be callous towards suffering people around the world who are losing their lands, homes, clean water supplies, food supplies, and even their lives to the obvious. The Republicans claim to represent the so-called "good Christians", but their refusal to acknowledge climate change, their refusal to want to make any sacrifices to help the people suffering from it, is the most bizarre and hateful philosophy poisoning the minds of the good people in our country. Blackburn is one of the absolute worst of the lot of them, and I have zero respect for her.

    December 12, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. R in Maine

    She does not have brains enough to evaluate the negotiation of international environmental policy. She is not Christian enough to assume her responsibility for the environment and for other people.

    December 12, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Adalbert

    Nonsence. The only nightmare we have is Blackburn.

    December 12, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. GI Joe

    Blackburn is the nightmare She and Bachmann and Palin are an embarrassment to women with intelligence.

    Get the liars out of office and out of the spotlight.

    December 12, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. she is hot

    but the weekly Republican radio and Web address is a rehash of Rush, O'Rielly and Hannity

    and therefore, not worth our time

    December 12, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. shinden58

    Blackburn said "Republicans are all for clean water, clean air, and clean energy,"

    Why is it that Republicans have always opposed significantly increasing the average energy efficiency for autos. If they had not stalled and coddled the auto and oil industry we would have a healthy auto industry that could compete with the Japanese and Koreans. Instead the Japanese and Koreans are eating Detroit's lunch. What is wrong with forcing Detroit to produce a dependable car that gets 50 MPG. If Detroit did, it could regain some of their market share from the Japanese.

    Lets not forget that the Republicans and the Bush team let the Oil companies write the legislation for their energy bills. The clear air and water acts were weakened under the last Bush administration.

    Quit sucking up to special interests and do what is right for America.

    December 12, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Hank Barnett

    Let me just say this as a citizen of the State of Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn is the nightmare!

    December 12, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Dunnel

    Rep. Blackburn is a prime example of KKK. How the hell can anyone be against the Clean Energy Bill, when it will provide not only a new direction for the entire world but also give the people who has been slaves and living in proverty for their entire stint here in America a chance to live and dream. This is a prime example of white people trying to keep a brother down.

    December 12, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Reggie

    She is 100% accurate. The dems plan will be disasterous for the US. Obama just doesn't get it!

    December 12, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Death Panel Sarah

    "Republicans are all for clean water, clean air, and clean energy," Blackburn said.

    She should have added..."As long as it doesn't interfere with corporate profits!!"

    December 12, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  19. Bridget

    She needs to simmer down. Her last statement about what Republicans are "for" is laughable considering her views are backed by big oil lobbyists and the coal industry posing as environmental protection advocates. It's a farce and we all know it. Energy jobs that would be created by finding ways to STOP polluting our air and water can't be outsourced. Why are Republicans like Rep. Blackburn so dead set against creating jobs that can't be outsourced to other countries, and which will help our planet at the same time? If you don't want to help our planet, Rep. Blackburn, go find another one to live on.

    December 12, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. New Yorker

    Blackburn is right but the Democrats and other global leaders have a plan that will redistribute wealth around the globe. They could care less about how that affects the U.S. The whole "Climate Change" cult consists of fanatics who have succeeded in scaring the heck out of most of the gullible masses and convinced them t

    December 12, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. New Yorker

    Blackburn is right but the Democrats and other global leaders have a plan that will redistribute wealth around the globe. They could care less about how that affects the U.S. The whole "Climate Change" cult consists of fanatics who have succeeded in scaring the heck out of most of the gullible masses and convinced them that mankind has control over the climate. And Obama tells the GOP to stop scaring people.

    December 12, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. Sandra, Atlanta

    You guys are all for what fills your pockets and nothing else. Only fools can't see that.

    December 12, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Corey T.

    To Rep. Blackburn:

    A majority of the public supports this bill, and that percentage increases everyday. I propose you get on the right side of the story and do what the citizens of this country want. Do your job. You were elected to represent the people of your district. And because you are a United States Representative, you also represent all American citizens.

    At this moment, you are part of the minority party. And instead of trying to actively formulate ideas to try to get your party and views back on top, all you do is say, "No!" Get over your bitterness. The American people know what is best for them, and they support this bill. I suggest you read your job description, because you have it all wrong right now.

    December 12, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Cyrus

    Palin wannabe!

    December 12, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. charlie in Maine

    We must be on the right track if this idiot doesn't like it. Keep up the good work.

    December 12, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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