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June 27th

Marketing legislation with a nifty title and offering a bit of everything (at taxpayer expense)

The House barely passed a Cap and Trade bill 219-212. Among the handful of Republicans that voted for this 1000+ page bill was Leonard Lance from my Congressional District.

And when I searched why Lance would vote for this, then one notices that in voting for or against 1000+ page legislation, there are a 1000+ reasons

LANCE VOTES FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

I guess so. The measures in this bill are so punitive to the US economy that we could be energy dependent by creating a smaller economy future.

“For more than 30 years our country has done little but talk about becoming energy independent, while everyday becoming more dependent on costly, dangerous and polluting foreign oil. That needs to change.

“I am voting for this bill because it is time America turned the corner and took bold action to clean the environment and develop alternative energy. We cannot allow countries whose opposition to democracy and support for terrorism grow with every barrel of oil they sell to continue to dominate energy politics.

Without oil money, maybe they’ll be a less dangerous player in the world stage, like North Korea.

“Today’s legislation, while not perfect, is a badly needed and long overdue step toward a national energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign oil, ensure our national security and leads us on a path toward cleaner energy.

What would be a perfect legislation, Congressman? Who knows, as Lance has no opinion on the key part of this bill, the cap and trade. I really hope he doesn’t think cap and trade is the “imperfect” part of the trade.

“The fact of the matter is New Jersey and the Northeast are well ahead of the curve on many of the key elements of the legislation before the House.

Like massive debt and state exodus. Girdle your loins, North Dakota, for a dose of New Jersey governance.

“New Jersey serves as a national model for its investments in new, clean energy technologies that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions and created thousands of jobs. I heard from a number of New Jersey’s leading businesses that firmly believe today’s legislation would strengthen our state economy through innovative and sustainable job creation. It is time for other states to follow New Jersey’s leadership and do their share to set limits on greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate development of low-carbon energy sources and green jobs.

9 out of 10 jobs in New Jersey created in the last decade are public sector. Good thing New Jersey’s private sector set the bar so low that Lance could be right.

“I understand the concerns associated with the costs to consumers. Many leading experts differ on the economic impact the legislation will have on taxpayers. But the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has concluded that any costs incurred would be minimal – equivalent to the price of a first-class postage stamp a day.

Here’s a tip: Never trust a politician with costs. Second tip: Turn this statement into a blog title “Reduce Greenhouse Emissions for 44 cents a day”. Even if Billy Blanks were pitching this it would sound stupid. Notice he also calls the CBO “non-partisan” instead of say… accurate or correct. There are more costs consumers will take than just their tax bill.

“For my part, I joined a number of my colleagues in support of an amendment to provide some financial tax relief should this legislation adversely affect middle-class families. But we were not allowed to bring our amendment before the full House of Representatives for consideration. Rest assured I intend to work with the Senate on this issue and pledge to reduce any costs increases on ratepayers across the country.

Or, in a vote as close as this, Lance could have voted no and worked on the bill again.

“In the end, it is my strong view that it is in the best interest of New Jersey’s economy and our nation for Congress to enact a national program to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the use of clean, renewable energy.”

The origins of the current recession lies in the collapse of the housing market. I have no idea how each of these initiates, each of them involving raising the price of energy by contracting oil supplies, taxing carbon, and switching to costlier alternative energy will help the economy. Worse, among the promise made by Lance in his campaign site (All flash, so you’ll need dig through yourself) is to reduce the price of gas.

I’m probably one of the few people in America that doesn’t care about the price of gas. And yet I’m disappointed Lance is voting for legislation that does everything to raise the price of energy (as opposed to lowering it as promised) and have absolutely no substantial opinion on cap and trade, the part with the highest impact on the economy.

Good thing I didn’t vote for him.

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