June 25th, 2009
02:33 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama makes 11th hour push for energy bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/25/art.oil.gi.jpg caption="President Obama expects a climate change bill to face an extremely close vote in the House of Representatives."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama acknowledged Thursday that a climate change bill strongly backed by the White House will face an extremely close vote in the House of Representatives as early as the end of the week.

He made an urgent plea for congressional approval in what could be an early make-or-break test of his young administration.

"Now is the time for us to lead," Obama said during an appearance in the White House Rose Garden. "We cannot be afraid of the future. We cannot be prisoners to the past."

The president said the bill will spark a "clean energy transformation" of the U.S. economy and "make possible the creation of millions of new jobs."

"Make no mistake," he emphasized. "This is a jobs bill."

The climate-change bill currently being debated by the House would reduce nationwide greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050 through a so-called "cap-and-trade" program.

The bill's future also remains unclear in the Senate, where leaders are holding off on advancing their own version of the legislation until it clears the House.

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. JP

    Only Obama would call a tax a jobs bill

    June 25, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter

    I hope the price of gas hits $6/gal. this summer. Maybe all you monster truck driving morons will start taking the train. Oh wait, then I'd have to listen to your fearful blather on my morning ride. Never mind. Have a nice commute home to your McMansion!

    June 25, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Rogan

    He keeps on about how what he's doing is about job creation.

    Sorry, but creating jobs for laborers while skilled and professional jobs are going to the wall in droves just doesn't cut it. He's playing a numbers game with temporary or short term jobs to hide the disastrous effect that HIS socialism is having on the rest of the working population.

    June 25, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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