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American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. PITTS. Madam Speaker, like all of us, I believe we should work to decrease the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere, and we should be good stewards of this Earth and its resources. However, I don't believe this bill will accomplish a dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions; yet I do believe it will have a crippling effect on our economy for years.

No matter how you doctor or tailor it, it is a tax, a national energy tax that will hurt each and every household. It will destroy sectors of our economy and cause job losses at an unprecedented rate.

Here is a chart that shows the jobs losses in thousands of jobs here, nearly 2 million jobs, 2012; 2035, over 2 million jobs a year. We should be protecting our environment through innovation, through entrepreneurship and cooperation, but this bill tries to cut carbon emissions through punishment taxation, heavy hand of government, and litigation.

The bill as originally introduced, analyzed by the PUC, a bipartisan group in Pennsylvania, said it would cost Pennsylvanians 66,000 jobs by the year 2020.

I urge my colleagues to consider just how irresponsible it is to move legislation that is going to cost so many jobs, so much damage to our economy, and yet it is anticipated to slow temperature increases by only two-tenths of 1 degree Fahrenheit by the end of the century. There is a better way.

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