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American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. JORDAN of Ohio. Madam Speaker, I rise today in opposition to this bill. Simply put, this is bad policy for America, particularly the Midwest. In an independent study, my district is the fourth-most impacted district in the nation by this disastrous legislation. The parts of our nation that are powered by coal-burning plants and are heavy in manufacturing and agriculture--like the part of Ohio I get to represent--will be devastated.

Make no mistake, we are about to vote on the largest tax increase and transfer of wealth in American history. In a misguided attempt by the federal government to put a command and control bureaucracy in charge of our national energy economy, this Congress will raise the energy costs of every American who drives a car or turns on a light switch. And for what? Even supporters of this legislation admit that this bill will have a negligible impact on global temperatures.

By unilaterally disarming ourselves, we become less economically competitive for the 21st century. We are preparing, Madam Speaker, to cede our global leadership role to foreign competitors by capping our growth and innovation, and trading even more manufacturing jobs overseas.

Republicans have a better way forward. We have an all-of-the-above energy solution that increases domestic production and use of our own resources and creates incentives to move us toward clean, renewable, and reliable sources of energy like nuclear, wind, solar, and bio-fuels. And we do it the way America has always done it--through the ingenuity and innovation of the American entrepreneur and worker, not top down federal government mandates. I encourage my colleagues to vote down this National Energy Tax and to support real American energy solutions.


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