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American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009

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Location: Washington, DC

AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT OF 2009

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Mr. AKIN. Madam Speaker, I am the ranking member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower. We have talked a lot about climate change and global things and taxes, but my concern is very specific with this bill.

I have had a chance to tour the huge shipyards where the steel frames go up and the nuclear reactors go into the ships of our mighty Navy, and every single step of the way, there is energy involved in making the steel, in making the aluminum for the aircraft, heavy, heavy uses of energy in welding the steel together.

If this bill passes, it is a major threat to heavy industry because it increases the cost of energy. When we increase the cost of ships and planes, we are going to be able to buy less because we are not going to have enough money in the defense budget to be able to buy as many, and in that regard we become more vulnerable as a Nation.

This bill, while it has not been talked about in this regard, is a serious threat to our industrial base and, therefore, a threat to the security of our Nation.

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