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Energy Tax Prevention Act Of 2011

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. OWENS. I thank the gentleman.

I would like to point out that my predecessor, a respected Member of the other side of the aisle, Mr. McHugh, was very supportive of regulation of mercury and acid rain because it negatively impacted the New York 23rd. I think we need to act responsibly in each of these situations, and we need to make sure that we are working off, not the science of proponents, but the science of understanding of the issues.

When we look at my district, it has taken great strides in terms of moving forward with green and renewable energy. We have wood--which we have plenty of in the Adirondacks--we have wind energy, and we have hydro, all of which are contributing to jobs and making our economy a green and sustainable economy.

I think it is very important to understand that what this legislation does is, in fact, eliminate regulation for the small businesses and farms in my district. I urge my colleagues to support this amendment and to reject the underlying legislation.

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