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Alexander: Kerry-Boxer Bill Just ‘Fancy, Complicated Words’



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Sens. John Kerry (D., Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) are causing a ruckus today with their new cap-and-trade proposal (see their draft here) that seeks steep greenhouse-gas emission cuts. President Obama is already voicing his support. “With the draft legislation they are announcing today, we are one step closer to putting America in control of our energy future and making America more energy independent,” Obama said in a statement. “My administration is deeply committed to passing a bill that creates new American jobs and the clean energy incentives that foster innovation.”

The GOP isn’t buying it. Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) says that the Kerry-Boxer bill is a bungled mess. “These are fancy, complicated words for high-cost energy that sends jobs overseas looking for cheap energy. Instead, we should take practical steps to produce low-cost, clean, carbon-free energy and create jobs. Specifically, we should build 100 new nuclear plants, electrify half our cars and trucks, expand exploration offshore for American natural gas and oil, and double funding for energy research and development.”

Alexander tells NRO that the Kerry-Boxer plan is just the latest example of misguided energy policy from President Obama and his supporters. “Climate change is an issue, but the president is supporting a high-cost energy solution. He should be considering nuclear energy. All 40 Republican senators have endorsed my plan for building 100 new nuclear plants in the next 20 years.”

After watching President Obama’s speech on climate-change at the U.N. last week, Alexander says he was left “shaking my head in disbelief. He committed to a deal on climate change, and lectured developing nations on climate change, but didn’t mention a single word on nuclear power.”

“I’m really surprised about how far behind the United States is getting,” adds Alexander. “The president said that even Iran could develop nuclear energy, yet we don’t use it at the rate we should. We need to commit to building new reactors. Even Energy Secretary Steven Chu has said that he supports using nuclear energy to solve the energy crisis.”

“This is an administration that says President Bush didn’t pay attention to science, yet it ignores its own energy secretary,” says Alexander. “That’s the inconvenient truth.”

Update:

The AtlanticWire: “First Reactions to the Kerry-Boxer Cap-and-Trade Bill

New York Times: “Reactions to the Senate Climate Bill

Heritage: “Boxer-Kerry Unveil Their Energy Tax Bill: Incomplete But Still Very Harmful



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