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

Republicans target climate bill

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(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. pam Eugene OR

    Drill Baby Drill!
    That is hardly a news flash that Republicans do not care about the environment at all. They finally have a bill an idea from the party of no and it is the same old thing. They will never learn. Nothing new from the Republicans.

    June 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. tek

    What has become an ideological war, and not an intellectual debate on our climate and any changes taking or not taking place, is now a question of force. The government is effectively forcing progress in this nation at all cost. Where is the pragmatism in this policy? Why do we need more policy instead of enforcing existing policy? Has the EPA become such a bedfellow to big business that it is no longer capable of functioning as a protective regulatory agency? While, sadly, the answer to that question may be yes, should be rebuild instead of repair?

    I work in the manufacturing sector. While I am not in love with the company I work for, we do strive at what I often consider extreme levels to be environmentally responsible. If I were to credit the company I work for with anything, it would be our environmental policies. I am very sure that my company is not alone in this endeavor. Is it too much to ask our government to stop, breathe, think and then react?

    June 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Independent

    The Party of NO at it again...when are they going to get with the program???? It is called WORKING TOGETHER in making a better USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Annie

    I don't think the bill goes far enough. And why do Republicans hate Americans who don't think like them, as well as all the other people of the world? They get on the floor of the house and senate and repeat lies so often it becomes part of the ignorant's "common knowledge."

    June 13, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. heartlight3

    The Republicans say they want to build 100 new nuclear power plants. How do they propose to pay for them? My understanding is that part of the reason we haven't built any new nuclear plants in the last 20 years is that, in addition to having no plan for the waste, it is just too expensive. Where is the trillion dollars it will cost going to come from?

    June 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. mike in portland

    Oh good Lord, Pence. You want to build 150 new nuclear reactors, the most expensive and polluting sources of energy known to man, which will not come on line for several decades. And you resort to the old trick of renaming something you don't like as a "tax", in hopes of scaring the gullible. Just go away until you have something substantive to the debate.

    June 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. bsmith171

    higher taxes and NO benefits.
    all al gore hysteria and no scientific proof. remeber al gore flunked divinity school and dropped out of law school.
    he knows nothing about science except making up hoaxes.

    however. one thing about al gore id true he left the white house with $2MM and now has ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS!

    how did that happen?

    June 13, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. T

    If people don't start taking "global warming" seriously, we will ALL pay the consequences, and it won't be fun.

    No really, do your research.

    June 13, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. MikeH

    One just has to wait for the greenhouse gas 'runaway' to take place, when the Siberian and North American permafrost releases its methane load, the global temperature goes up five degrees celsius, Greenland and Antarctica shed much of their ice sheets, and the sea level rises two or three meters.

    I may live to see this happen, though this happening may be the death of me.

    One hopes that all the people who sought to profit by delaying action on climate change are all punished in accordance to their crime.

    June 13, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Cali J

    When will we realize that climate change takes places with or without man? This panic mode of "Global Warming Disaster" and the sky is falling is just going to cost us average world citizens more money and hardship as well as jobs. How about this: We safely drill for gas and oil in our own country where we know it exists. While doing that, we begin to work on new technologies (I.e. wind, solar) and slowly ween ourselves off of fossil fuels and coal. We have water cleaning sources available right now to begin the cleaning up of our toxic ground water, rivers and lakes. Gradual successful transformation is what we need. Allow the auto industry and other modes of transportation to really head towards better and cleaner methods of travel, while not killing all together what we know works right now. Nuclear energy can be a good substitute for coal while we are in the process of changing from fossil, to natural fuels. Let's use some logic here. What I've said here will produce more jobs, put us on a track to a healthier climate, stop the rhetoric and panic and corrupt money makers like Al Gore, and eventually, solve our energy needs for a world constantly increasing in population. Just common sense.

    June 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. David

    The chairman of the House GOP American Energy Solutions Group?
    When did the the GOP have anything that resembled an energy policy?

    June 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. nick

    In the very rare instance when the Republican´s come up with a plan, it always has to be a slap at our President first and then their proposal... I wonder why, if they know better than the President, they didn´t come up with this plan anytime in the past eight years.
    I guess the "party of NO" stigma, is begining to get to them... It´s about time!

    June 13, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. UCO

    Yeah! Like Repubs havent hurt America enough already. BO is doing great! If you don't like him how about we switch with another world leader like Ahmadinejad. U ungrateful people dont know half of what its like to walk in BO's shoes! LOSERS! (And Im Independent!)

    June 13, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    this again is a bunch of crap ,for the simple reason of what makes this man or any republican an expert in global energy , its all about oil.
    so shut up and let the new adm. make the changes that will help all of us not just this generation but for the rest of time .

    we will all be long gone by the time anyof what Obama wants to acomplish ,but it will clean up what mess we are in right now .

    so this man should shut up and get on board


    June 13, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Kimberly

    Im sorry but I am about sick to death of seeing old white guys with ORANGE skin talk trash about everything the President does. Look, they have NO solutions, no ideas, and NO clue what this country wants. They need to shut up and go away until Rush lets them out!

    June 13, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Dale in White Bear Lake, MN

    What the Republicans propose is a great idea. We can't just depend on the market for green tech, sorry but its not there. In the time we wait for it to catch up we will end up paying massive energy bills, more for food, and more for goods. The cost of living in the US WILL go through the roof, the upper 5% will become the new middle class and the rest of us will end up living in a van down by the river. I am not joking the cost of every thing WILL go up with the Democrats proposal, and for what cleaner air? I'd rather live in a smog filled city and have plenty to eat for cheap then living with clean air and having no electricity and no food. We can't just let them pass this stuff with out thinking of ALL possible out comes. Please I beg every body on the left and the right to stop this before it destroys our way of life.

    June 13, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Spencer

    Finally. The Republicans have been too far behind the curve on exploring new energy. I'm glad they've put in motion an actual plan, rather than empty rhetoric. Well done.

    June 13, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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