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Chet Edwards (Us House Dist 17) Votes with Republicans Against Energy Bill (Cap and Trade)

26 June 2009 at 8:03:14 PM

Democratic Texas Congressman Chet Edwards crossed party lines to vote against the bill. “I voted against the energy cap and trade bill, because I am concerned it could increase gasoline and utility costs for families, farmers and businesses during tough economic times," said Edwards.

"Addressing global warming is a laudable goal, but I respectfully disagree with President Obama and Speaker Pelosi on this bill and believe it could cost jobs and hurt the economy, especially in oil, gas and coal producing states such as Texas.”

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1 - Tom Horton   29 Jun 2009 @ 8:36:37 PM 


 Finally an issue that you agree on. Now if we can just convince you to vote against the ridiculous health bill that your speaker says we cannot look at before the vote.

 Tom Horton   Hillsboro


2 - humanbeing   29 Jun 2009 @ 10:38:01 PM 

From what I've read, the final bill addressing global warming had been seriously altered and watered down from the original. Focusing only on the petroleum economy when making important decisions will not help solve our problems. Long range solutions are what we need at this most important time. If we don't get serious about global warming, there just might not be jobs for any of us in the future.

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3 - OldBridge   1 Jul 2009 @ 1:11:26 PM 

Dennis Kucinich voted against it.  Here's  his justification:

"“It sets targets that are too weak, especially in the short term, and sets about meeting those targets through Enron-style accounting methods. It gives new life to one of the primary sources of the problem that should be on its way out– coal – by giving it record subsidies. And it is rounded out with massive corporate giveaways at taxpayer expense. There is $60 billion for a single technology which may or may not work, but which enables coal power plants to keep warming the planet at least another 20 years."

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4 - humanbeing   1 Jul 2009 @ 8:29:36 PM 

 Oldbridge, You might be interested in what Tom Friedman had to say about this in the NY Times today:

"There is much in the House cap-and-trade energy bill that just passed that I absolutely hate. It is too weak in key areas and way too complicated in others. A simple, straightforward carbon tax would have made much more sense than this Rube Goldberg contraption. It is pathetic that we couldn’t do better. It is appalling that so much had to be given away to polluters. It stinks. It’s a mess. I detest it. Now let’s get it passed in the Senate and make it law."

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