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As Vote Nears, Obama Pitches Climate Change Bill as a Job Creator

By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama called on Congress to pass legislation to battle climate change, saying the measure will create jobs and "open the door to a new clean-energy economy."

Speaking in the Rose Garden as the House neared a critical vote on the measure, Obama talked up the job creating aspects of the measure, while making only passing mention of its environmental benefits.

Obama said the coming House vote is of "historic proportions" as it will help clear the way for the economy to begin a long turn from one driven by relatively cheap fossil fuels to one powered by low-polluting, renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar and geothermal.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the White House was working hard to line up support for the measure, with the president and other members of his "energy team" calling House members in a bid to win commitments in what promises to be a close vote. The prospects in the Senate are thought to be even more precarious.

House Republicans have said the bill would lead to large new energy taxes for Americans that would further weaken an already struggling economy by requiring utilities and other large users of coal, gas and other fossil fuels to buy pollution credits or invest in new technology to reduce or capture emissions.

The bill in the House would require the country to cut greenhouse gas emissions, a goal that would be reached through greater energy efficiency, new technologies to limit emissions and greater reliance on renewable energy.

"This legislation will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy," Obama said. "That will lead to the creation of new businesses and entire new industries. And that will lead to American jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced."

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 25, 2009; 5:32 PM ET
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Congress is in a rush to push this through - because they cannot handle issues like this in an election year (2010).

Does that make any sense? If you can't present the issue to voters around election time, then you should not pass it to begin with.

Don't worry though Members of Congress...the voters will remember the votes on this one.

Posted by: Woodbridge45 | June 26, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Like the stimulus bill, this is a job creator-in lobbyists, lawyers, and other slimy creatures along the Bos-NY-Wash corridor.

Gas at $10 a gallon, higher taxes on top of higher taxes.

Yippee. Obama is just great. Yeah.

Posted by: mmmmm999999m34e56ee91099 | June 25, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if we had the oil reserves to thumb our noses at the oil cartel it would make sense to say no to an energy plan that moves us off of oil. But we don't. It's not even close.

Meantime the US taxpayer subsidizes the oil industry by paying the hidden costs of off shore earnings, development, military defense, bribing corrupt regimes, etc.

I can only think of what taxpayers would save if we no longer had pay these hidden costs.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | June 25, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Read George Will today. Spain has been trying this years and it has just cost the taxpayers a ton of money. Every new *green job* cost 2.2 tradtional jobs. So the government keeps draining the people to subsidize money-losing projects!!!
We have to learn from history - even if it's current history.
Obama will destroy this country if we let him!!

Posted by: thornegp1 | June 25, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

You have to be kidding. More of the same that eventually will destroy this country. Between Barack, Nancy and Harry we are headed to the end. Other than controlling the votes and re-election, I wish I understood what really is going on in their heads. They can't really believe this stuff they are pedeling is good for the country.

Posted by: jimbolton1 | June 25, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Cap-and-trade is three card monte. The public simply cannot afford an extra energy tax. Utility bills are too high, now.

It is believed there is almost a limitless supply of natural gas and oil in the eastern Gulf of Mexico off Florida and the bozos in Washington refuse to authorize drilling there. For some families in Florida, they have to decide whether or not to pay their electric bill or buy food.

Posted by: alance | June 25, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

What kind of scam is this? We need to keep giving our money to the Saudi princes and Al Qaeda for oil, and making sure that Exxon makes more billions in profits than Enron did. It's the American Way. And as for global warming...who in Minnesota wouldn't want a climate like Phoenix, Arizona, or the people in Atlanta having oceanfront property? Why is Obama doing this?

Posted by: wilder5121 | June 25, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Lies, lies and still more lies from our socialist Kenyan-born president.

Posted by: rg019571 | June 25, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Were we not told the absolute rush rush rush no time to read Stimulus Bill was a job creator? Geez, more job creator bills from Obama and we will have 15% unemployment soon!

Posted by: pauldia | June 25, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

This is just another payoff that the president is doing for his special interest groups. This will not create jobs because what ever is created will be lost in other areas. This is nothing more than a tax on the American people and will hurt the poorest and middle class the most. Our government has no more value in representing the people anymore they just think of themselves and how they will be reelected to get the high paying and perks that they give themselves. Did you ever see a poor or middle class member of the congress or government leader.

Posted by: charlie448 | June 25, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

This is just a big tax increase - most of which will go to corporate special interests.

This bill STINKS.

Posted by: pgr88 | June 25, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Fear and Ignorance, that's all the Coal pundits have to offer.

We the veterans who have served our country with blood reject the nay-sayers; Oil and Coal Lobbyists twisted vision for America’s future. We will create a better future with clear air and water, with polluters paying for their environmental and health damages, and for Industries creating Millions of sustainable Jobs for American Workers and returning Veterans who put their Lives on the line every day for our country, all while making us Globally competitive in Renewable Energy and efficiency technologies.

The Coal Pollution Supporters and obstructionists here are transparent in their attempts to undermine our country and unity. Veterans who serve our country with blood deserve better. You want the USA to live on Sand piles built on Coal, fossil fuels, Credit default swaps with high risk, and ignorance. A better future is built on Renewable Energy, conserving fresh water, education, and Green Energy Jobs; all of which are opposed by Coal and Oil lobbyists here who serve as mouthpieces for the worst elements of our country. The light is on you and you've been outed. The rest of the country will fight and thrive with or without you, and in spite of you, for a better future for generations to come.

Posted by: liveride | June 25, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

This bill would destroy the US economy and add three trillion dollars to our already huge debt.

Remember last year when gas prices went up?

Remember how the prices of everything went up in response?

Consider what would happen to our economy if the price of everything doubled. There aren't enough "green jobs" in the world to make up for that.

Posted by: FredChatard | June 25, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

this will not do anything for the so called climate change, its a sham there is no way to prove it will change the climate or stop it from changing. what this will do is soak the poor and anyone who sucks air out of there hard earned pay with higher gas food energy and taxes. it will also give our congress more money to burn more special interest getting contracts. and kick backs for the congress its win win for them and there bank accounts

Posted by: getsix1 | June 25, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

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