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Mr. GOODLATTE. I thank the chairman for yielding me the time and for his leadership on this issue.
I rise in strong support of this legislation.
Despite President Obama stating that he would prefer Congress to take the lead in determining how to handle greenhouse gases, what do you know? The Environmental Protection Agency has begun their own plan to regulate greenhouse gases.
American voters spoke in November, and they clearly rejected the cap-and-trade agenda that was offered in this Congress last year and that was not taken up in the United States Senate. Now we, ourselves, are faced with the need to act. So unless Congress acts to stop the EPA, this administration and the Environmental Protection Agency will enact their own cap-and-trade-like agenda.
Without action, the EPA will add more regulatory red tape onto American businesses and manufacturers, hampering the ability of companies to operate competitively in the United States. These businesses could be forced to move those jobs overseas, to locations with fewer regulatory burdens, or they could simply pass these increased costs on to American consumers. Either choice is not good for jobs in America. Without action, these regulations will be paid by anyone who turns on a light switch or who plugs in an appliance.
We must stop the EPA from continuing their spree of overregulating our economy. During this economic slow-down, we should be adopting policies that seek to rebuild our economy and create more jobs. We should be producing more energy, an all-of-the-above energy plan that I know the Energy and Commerce Committee is working on, to increase the domestic production of oil and natural gas and coal and safe nuclear power and to encourage new productions from new sources of energy.
Let's make America energy independent. Let's not raise the cost of energy and ship jobs overseas, which will cost millions of American jobs. We should be doing just the opposite. This legislation starts us on that path, and I urge my colleagues to support it.
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