Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011

Floor Speech

By:  Charlie Bass
Date: April 6, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BASS of New Hampshire. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of this legislation.

For me, this debate is not about whether or not climate change is occurring, nor is it about preventing the congressionally directed policies that Congress should have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and allow us to have a low-carbon producing economy.

I, for one, think that climate change is real and a problem that needs to be addressed with practical solutions that have attainable goals to reduce emissions and provide certainty in our economy. I also believe that the Clean Air Act has truly benefited our Nation and should never be weakened--rather, strengthened.

However, agencies should not be able to regulate what has not been legislated. Doing so does not solve problems. It creates even more uncertainty as it opens up the agency's rules to countless legal challenges.

And I am committed to finding a workable solution to achieve clean air, help address global warming, and preserve the economic competitiveness of the United States in the global marketplace. With my friend, Congressman Matheson of Utah, we offered an amendment during markup that is now in the bill that states that there is established scientific concern over warming of the climate system and Congress should fulfill its role in developing policies to control greenhouse gas emissions.

I rise in support of this legislation, but I also support a meaningful solution to the carbon crisis.

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