Friday, June 26, 2009

The Pelosi Energy Bill Or Check Your Wallets

From the website of Republican House Leader John Boehner

Read about what your congresspeople are voting on, and what it's passing would mean to you.

What You May Not Know About Speaker Pelosi's National Energy Tax

More Mandates, More Regulations, and More Costs Than Ever Before

Washington, Jun 26 - Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax is going to raise electricity prices, increase gasoline prices, and ship American jobs overseas to countries like China and India. This, we know.
It would be a bureaucratic nightmare overseen by a confusing web of government agencies that would take and redistribute trillions of dollars from family budgets and workers payrolls. This, we also know. Even Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) admitted in the Washington Post this morning that: “The truth is, nobody knows for sure how this is going to work.” How encouraging.

But what don’t we know? Here are some facts you may not know about Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax:

Homebuyers Beware. Trying to save up for a new home? You may have to save up a little longer for your purchase. The Democrats’ bill would dramatically increase new home costs by mandating California’s expensive new building codes for the entire nation. Immediately upon enactment, the Democrats’ bill would demand a 30 percent increase in energy efficiency for new construction. A couple of years later, the Democrats’ bill would require an additional 50 percent improvement. These numbers were chosen with no concern for cost to consumers or feasibility in implementation.

Homebuilders Beware. The Democrats’ bill imposes new mandatory regulations and civil penalties for homebuilders. If your state refuses to accept the stringent and costly California building codes, the federal government may assess penalties. And don’t get too comfortable with the new mandatory regulations because the Democrats’ bill allows for “consensus-based” codes to supplant those outlined in the bill. So, as soon as you’ve invested your hard-earned money to comply with the bill’s mandates, the rug could get pulled from underneath you. Translation? You’ll pony up more and more money.

Home Sellers Beware. Having a hard time selling your home? Here’s one more hurdle to jump: all homes sales are conditioned upon an energy audit and a new energy rating assessment and energy labeling program for your home that’s outlined in the Democrats’ bill. And if you thought you could improve your property with a fresh coat of paint and some granite counters? Think again! Now your home will be subjected to a new energy rating assessment and energy labeling program that will penalize you for older windows, original fixtures, and dated appliances. So the Democrats’ bill would bring down the value of your home!

New Lights No Matter the Cost. As early as 2012, the Democrats’ bill eliminates all existing lighting technology used in many outdoor lighting fleets (parking lots, stadiums, secured facilities like power plants and factories). Just as an example, switching to the mandated technology in the bill will cost one small utility about $30 million in annual revenue. So you now have to comply with the new mandates for new lighting? Hold the phone. It is not clear that a feasible alternative technology is available for every existing lighting application – regardless of cost – which could force some businesses to close.

The consequences of Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax for families and small businesses are real. It will drive up energy costs, send millions of jobs to countries like China and India, and place an especially heavy burden on rural America. There is a better way. House Republicans have proposed the American Energy Act, legislation that represents the fastest route to a cleaner environment, lower energy costs, and more American jobs. The legislation would:

Increase environmentally-safe energy production on remote lands and far off our shores;
Promote the use of alternative fuels that will reduce carbon emissions, such as nuclear, clean-coal, and renewable energy technologies; and
Encourage increased efficiencies and cutting edge technologies to maximize America’s energy potential.
Today’s vote on Speaker Pelosi’s ill-advised national energy tax will have consequences for every American. It is a bad deal for America. And the American people will remember how their Members of Congress vote


  1. bottom line...all democrats and their programs suck....all republican's and their programs are great....your a one sided asshole mike....and no one value's your opinion

  2. Leave it to you to make me laugh on Monday morning. Why don't you open your mind if possible and ask your congressman if he or she even read it. I can pretty much give you the answer to that.

    About 50 Democrats voted against it as well. Even if you think environmental legislation is necessary, try and understand this bill, and why this is not the right legislation.

    It will be a tax on every American AND make us non-competitive in the world economy because country's like India and China will clean our clock.

    My ferrets value my opinion.

  3. no one expecst you to try to see the big picture...your focus is as always your own you think every republican congressman read it? your opinion is vauge potentially this potentially that....your happy with record mobil/exxon profits make dollars and worry about the envirenment 2nd... as that is what puts $$$in mike haltmans pocket...typical goper

  4. @ anonymus:
    This isnt about Mike & his pocket - this isnt even about democrats or republicans.

    If this bill passes, it will be very expensive, no one denies it. But what is all the cost for even if even the Greenpeace doesn't support it?!

    The cost is way too high for what the bill actually offers. It's too expensive and does too little. Simply wrong legislative...


  5. Right on Elli. The problem is that the far left wing doesn't read about the legislation. They have blind faith that Obama would never lead us down the wrong path.


  6. only religious right zealots like mike know how to read....this legislation is part of a cover-up (a coup)..even democrats that have voted against this bill never read it according to mike.....elli...i don't say your's mikes slant on things that piss off the public...his writing and thinking is addmitingly biased due to his fox ny /rush limbaugh education...when you have tics like mike spewing the religious right gospel it's the way..congrats for being the first responder for 4 months...mike was getting a complex...