Thursday AM July 2nd, 2009
by: Ed Mayberry, July 1, 2009 11:07:26 pm
The American Clean Energy and Security Act narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now faces Senate debate. The bill would set caps on greenhouse emissions. Entities would have to buy allowances to exceed it or pay penalties. Proponents say H.R. 2454 will create jobs, decrease dependence on foreign oil and combat global warming. But 22nd District Congressman Pete Olson would rather see passage of the Republican-written American Energy Act.
"In order to further our energy independence, the American Energy Act lifts the restrictions on drilling on the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, the Outer continental Shelf and the oil shale in the mountain west. Our bill makes a renewed commitment to clean and emission-free nuclear energy, with the goal to build 100 nuclear reactors in the next 20 years. The American Energy Act provides tax incentive for alternative fuels, residential/business tax incentives to promote energy efficiencies and prizes for the development of innovative energy technologies."
Congressman Pete Sessions from Dallas is opposed to the cap and trade legislation.
"Nancy Pelosi's national energy tax will kill American jobs, raise prices on hard-working American families and do little to clean our environment. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Susan Combs, has been working to determine how this legislation would work and its impact on our state. The comptroller estimates that the typical Texas family could spend an addition $1,136 next year for household goods and services alone."
But the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says the cap and trade legislation could save $1,050 a household by 2020.
Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.
About The Graphic
Roll call voting information was downloaded from Thomas for H.R. 2454 on Friday night.