WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the House of Representatives, a name that of late should be changed to the House of NONrepresentatives, passed legislation to slash industrial pollution that is blamed for global warming.
The Democratic-controlled House passed the climate change bill, a top priority for Obama, by a vote of 219-212. As has become routine on major bills in Congress this year, the vote was partisan, with only eight Republicans joining Democrats for the bill. Forty-four Democrats voted against it.
Climate change legislation still must get through the Senate. Senators were expected to try to write their own version but prospects for this year were uncertain.
After the House vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he hoped the Senate can pass a bill “this fall.”
Obama praised the House for taking “historic action” and urged the Senate to act. “It’s a bold and necessary step that holds the promise of creating new industries and millions of new jobs, decreasing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil,” Obama said.
With the House action, Obama will be able to tout significant progress toward tackling global warming after years of foreign countries criticizing Washington for not participating in international efforts.
The bill requires that large U.S. companies, including utilities, oil refiners, manufacturers and others, reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases associated with global warming by 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050, from 2005 levels.
They would do so by phasing in the use of cleaner alternative energy than high-polluting oil and coal.
At the core of the bill, which is around 1,500 pages long, is a “cap and trade” program designed to achieve the emissions reductions by industry.
Under the plan, the government would issue a declining number of pollution permits to companies, which could sell those permits to each other as needed.
‘BIGGEST JOB-KILLING BILL’
Republicans said the bill was a behemoth that would neither effectively help the environment nor improve an economy reeling from a deep recession.
House Republican leader John Boehner called the measure “the biggest job-killing bill that has ever been on the floor of the House of Representatives.”
Representative Joe Barton, the senior Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee that played a key role in the bill, said it would set unrealistic targets for cutting carbon pollution. “You would have to reduce emissions in the United States to the level that we had in 1910,” Barton said.
The idea that anyone in their right minds, or even their left minds would pass a bill that would substantially raise the costs to all American families during a time of a sour economy just shows exactly where our House of UNrepresentatives places the value of what WE the PEOPLE want. During an interview yesterday, Mike Pense said, “that the calls coming in to Washington were 10 to 1 against this bill. If you hear anything different the people are lying.” In the final vote, 8 Republicans voted yes, and 44 Democrats voted NO.
According to the EPA, ‘the policy may cause domestic production to shift abroad.’ Now how in the heck is this good for America?
The people that voted for this, include 8 Republican turncoats, who are:
Bono Mack (CA) (202) 225-5330
Castle (DE) (202) 225-4165
Kirk (IL) (202) 225-4385 (And he’s seriously considering running for Senate)
Lance (NJ) (202) 225-5361
LoBiondo (NJ) (202) 225-6572
McHugh (NY) (202) 225-4611
Reichert (WA) (202) 225-7761
Smith (NJ) (202) 225-3765
People, we tried. We called Washington and let these weasels there know, that we were not for this bill, and like Mike Pense said, “a minority plus the American people make a Majority.”
I guess that means the democrats in office, (not counting the 44 that voted against this, and the republican that voted against this), do not care what we the people think. I say, maybe, it is time we did something about it. Like voting them out of office this next election. I know I will do my part.
God Bless America and her troops
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