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Greenhouse Gas Bill Moves Forward, Slowly

By David Fahrenthold
The debate over a bill to cap U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions is finally moving in a House committee.

But it isn't moving fast.

Yesterday, the Energy and Commerce began what will likely be a weeklong markup of the "Waxman-Markey" bill. But they didn't actually mark anything up: the members gave opening statements for more than two hours, then adjourned.

This morning, the members debated and approved one Democratic amendment -- which would create an agency to provide loans and loan guarantees to clean-energy companies.

That took nearly two hours. Afterward, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) said he worried about the committee's pace.

"We have over 400 amendments," said Baron, the committee's ranking Republican.

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Carbon credits will be marketed up and sold to consumers. The population will end up paying polluters to pollute and nothing will be done to reduce pollution except that the population will be colder, hotter, and hungrier. The farmer will pay more for his fuel and pass the cost on to the processing plants and stores who will also pay more for the energy that they use. You will pay for all of this additional energy cost in the products that you buy. Your utility bill will double and if you were just getting by before, you won't be. We do not have to destroy the economy to clean up the environment.

Posted by: websmith1 | May 19, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Having had the privilege to see this on T.V. there was discussion about when the price of hydrocarbon fuel reached a certain price of $5.00 a gallon, that the government tax on the fuel would be reduced. Well this failed to happen as a consideration.
The most efficient way to reduce carbon emissions is to make fuel so expensive, that it will restrict people from driving. It is a policy that has been going on in Europe for the last 50 years. The reason it may work there is that the land is more densely populated, and a greater amount of mass transportation; I.E. commuter rail service is available.
We are a much larger land mass nation, that our society has established a life style in the suburbs based on cheap fuel for transportation. The high price of fuel will bankrupt us. Any change will have to be incremental for the industry to catch up to fuel efficiency.

Posted by: dj_ingraham | May 19, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Our planet has two climate conditions; glacial and inter glacial; that is ice age and the period between ice ages. During the interglacial period the planet warms. Historically, the warming periods like the Medievil Warming, have been periods of prosperity for civilzation. What we should fear is the coming Ice Age. There is not sufficient scientific evidence to support that the planet's warming is anything other than a natural cycle. CO2 has never driven climate change in the past as it is a lagging indicator. First it warms up then the CO2 released by the exposure of land that had been covered by the ice release CO2 which has been trapped into the atmosphere. Point is following the European Model of $5 per gallon of gasoline tax has nothing to do with the planets temperature; just as CO2 emmissions have nothing to do with the planet warming. If it does then maybe we should put more of it into the atmosphere so as to delay the Ice Age which is coming. This is a much more rational conclusion than imposing a tax on energy so that Obama Motors can sell us cars we do not want.

Posted by: kc4WV | May 20, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

i cannot wait to se if the cars made by the government and the unions who own government officials,will be deathtraps obambi and al gore,general electric,and their familys will be riding down the interstate in,or will they still have their special built tanks? there is no such thing as global warming,al gore even refuses to debate this issue with thousands of experts who say we are now into the natural cooldown cycle. money is what this is all about. who do you think owns obambi?it cant be general electric,who makes electric motors,and are already making computors for your medical records for when obambis socialist medicine starts killing americans,and makes billions on solar crap. we as a people need to come together the 4th of july,and say enough. the tea partys were about more than wastfull spending,and democrats,and black americans,along with republicans will all stand up,when our country is under attack,from within,or without.we should stand together,and buy not even a light bulb with general electric on the label.we need to have the backbone to stand up,and come together on independence day.henry waxman indeed.he has done so much for california over the years,along with lyin nancy pelosi.give me a break.

Posted by: silusdogood | May 25, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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