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American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC



Mr. PAULSEN. Madam Speaker, it must be a priority to work aggressively and prudently as a nation to cut greenhouse gas emissions. However, I believe we can do this without the current ``cap and trade'' plan we are voting on today.

Reducing emissions and strengthening our environment are important priorities--priorities I support. However, the ``cap and trade'' bill before us today is just a fancy way of masking ``tax and spend''--and it is the wrong approach to addressing this issue.

America needs a comprehensive energy solution to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and jump-start our economy, but it should not be at the expense of every American taxpayer.

Analysis shows cap and trade will raise gas prices, raise electricity prices and eliminate American jobs. Studies have shown up to 2.5 million jobs will be lost, making America less globally competitive.

In the worst recession in over 70 years, this legislation would exacerbate our situation by increasing energy costs for every sector of our economy. If the priority is jobs, it is stunning to me that we're bringing this bill to the floor that will create a national energy tax on every working family and every small business in America.

There are several common sense, bipartisan solutions that invest in new, clean and reliable sources of energy. I'm supporting a plan that aggressively reduces emissions, promotes conservation, creates jobs and strengthens our environment by promoting nuclear energy--a zero emissions, renewable source. It also boosts domestic supplies of both natural gas and oil.

I hope today that we do what is right for America, by voting down this cap and trade proposal and moving forward with a plan that will work for--not against--all Americans.


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