House Barely Passes American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Energy, Legislation, Republicans

The margin was 7 votes. 219 to 212.

Yikes.

Yes, cap and trade is a contentious issue, but most likely because many thought it would significantly raise their taxes...which it won’t according to the CBO.

More from CNN:

The bill would reduce nationwide greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050 through a so-called “cap-and-trade” program under which companies would buy and sell emissions credits. Among other things, the bill would also require utilities to generate an increasing amount of power from renewable sources.

The House vote came one day after President Barack Obama 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 Thursday 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.”

Indeed. This is a jobs bill. And it represents a distinct shift away from the energy policies of old. No wonder it’s unpopular in the House, where Dems from West Virginia and Michigan no doubt lambasted by

Still, the road forward could be tough, as the Senate hasn’t even put forward their version of the bill. But my guess is it’ll happen soon enough since the focus needs to be on health care the rest of the summer.

By the way, there was a Republican alternative, but it was voted down along party lines.

And while it sounded intriguing, it essentially amounted to a lot more of the same we’ve had. However, at least they came up with competing legislation…

The GOP proposal was defeated 172-255. The measure would have scuttled a proposed cap-and-trade system to cut greenhouse gases.

Instead, it called for an aggressive push for research on a broad range of energy programs from solar power and development of biofuels to radioactive waste and nuclear fusion.

Once the Senate bill comes up for review, I’ll share it.


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7 Responses to “House Barely Passes American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009”

  1. Jason Arvak Says:

    I think the real objection is not that it will raise taxes, but rather that it will raise prices for all forms of energy by a massive amount. Gasoline at $5-6 a gallon, tripled electricity and natural gas rates, etc, are the real danger with this scheme. And the benefit? One-tenth of one degree of hypothetical global warming prevented by the end of the century. Yay.

  2. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    By one estimate, Spain’s cap-and-trade system has destroyed 2.2 jobs for every 1 job created. It was by far the most extensive “green-job” subsidy program in the EU. In addition, Spain’s yearly carbon emissions have increased by 50% since the program was launched. Maybe this senate bill is a jobs bill…a job destroying bill, but of course, no one sees the jobs that have been destroyed, nor the ones that would have been created elsewhere in the economy.

    Does this bill even address what effect on the climate this new system will have?

  3. Tully Says:

    It’s worse than you think — they have no clue as to what they actually voted on.

    Through a series of parliamentary inquiries, the Republicans learned that the 300-plus page managers’ amendment, added to the bill last night in the House Rules Committee, has not even been been integrated with the official copy of the 1,090-page bill at the House Clerk’s desk, let alone in any other location. The two documents are side-by-side at the desk as the clerk reads through the instructions in the 300 page document for altering the 1,090 page document.

    But they cannot be simply combined, because the amendment contains 300 pages of items like this: “Page 15, beginning line 8, strike paragraph (11)…” How many members of Congress do you suppose have gone through it all to see how it changes the bill?

    That would be “none.” No one who voted on the 1400-1500 page bill actually knows what’s in it.

  4. ExiledIndependent Says:

    A jobs bill? Spin-o-rama, Justin!

  5. Tully Says:

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

    If it as represented and previous items are still in it…it’s a big-time job-KILLER. So I guess calling it a “jobs bil” isn’t quite a lie, it’s just begging people to assume that means it will create more jobs than it destroys. I can’t wait to hear how drastically hiking taxes and regulation and knocking down GDP a coupla points increases net domestic employment. You think US companies outsource overseas now? Just wait.

    I’m also willing to place side bets that it increases rather than decreases our percentage of imported oil vs. domestically produced.

  6. Vincent Carrico Says:

    TO:

    Mary Bono (R) CA-45
    Michael Castle (R) DE-1
    Mark Kirk (R) IL-10
    Leonard Lance (R) NJ-7
    Frank LoBiondo (R) NJ-2
    John McHugh (R) NY-23
    Dave Reichert (R) WA-8
    Christopher Smith (R) NJ-4

    H.R. 2454 passed 219 to 212, the eight of you would have made the
    difference.

    I am highly disappointed on your vote on H.R.2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act. When this is passed into law it will be a slap in the face of every American. It will raise our energy taxes and it is a job
    killer: DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY AMERICANS DEPEND ON COAL FOR INCOME? YOUR NO VOTE TELLS ME YOU DON’T. DO YOU REALLY THINK THE JOBS LOSSES FROM COOL AND OIL WILL BE OFFSET BY CLEAN ENERGY SOURCES? I have visited solar and wind generators and there isn’t a soul around, once in place no one is needed to be hired to daily attend them. And the wind and sun do not pay taxes either, you probably didn’t think of that either.

    YES, we need clean energy, but we need to be weaned off with incentives, not by taxing us to death. Heres an idea, build some clean nuclear plants, PLEASE!

    Even after “your” Minority Leader read to you the load of crap in this
    bill and you still voted yes, I can’t believe it?

    I am sure John Boehner had some choice words for you EIGHT PHONY
    REPUBLICANS about the time he call this bill “pile of shit.”

    44 Democrats voted NO to this bill, they understand!

    “Thanks” for raising my energy taxes, my electric bill and the
    unemployment rate!

    I wish I could vote you out of office,

    Vince
    Virginia Beach, VA

    P.S.
    Oh yeah, “Thanks” to the two “Republicans” for not voting:
    Jeff Flake (R) AZ-6
    John Sullivan (R) OK-1
    You guys suck too!

  7. ExiledIndependent Says:

    And this little nugget from CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/06/26/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5117890.shtml

    Seems like the EPA has some ‘splaining to do. No wonder they wanted to rush this bill through as fast as the could; it doesn’t hold up to scientific scrutiny.

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