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US Senate: Take Your Time and Do it Right

The pending Energy Bill, HR 2454, also known as the Waxman/Markey Bill got through the US House of Representatives by a very narrow margin.  It was rushed by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) and she popped the “whip” on her minions.  All but one of the Congressional Black Caucus followed her orders.  Congressman Artur Davis is running for Governor of Alabama and decided to appeal to the people not the “plantation” boss.  The Senate will be much more different.  The two big liberal states,

California and New York, comprise of 90 congressional seats and that is 18% percent of the total House votes.  On the Senate side they have but 2 each like every other state.  That’s 4% of the total and that is what makes the Senate a totally different animal than the House.

California and New York, comprise of 90 congressional seats and that is 18% percent of the total House votes.  On the Senate side they have but 2 each like every other state.  That’s 4% of the total and that is what makes the Senate a totally different animal than the House.

 

 

The National Black Chamber of Commerce will support an energy bill that meets three conditions: 1. It will make the United States self sufficient for its energy needs.  2. It will deliver energy to homes and businesses at an affordable rate and 3.  It will reduce carbon emissions and other air pollutants.  This Bill does none of the above.  In fact it will increase costs, lessen our self sufficiency standard and do nothing about reducing global climate change.  It has a lot of hurt and no gain.  The only sector of our economy that would be happy is the Wall St. traders.  That’s right.  The guys who brought you the dot com bubble, sub prime mortgages, bailout, Enron, etc.  Yes, they are at it again.

The Senate has a group of elected officials who will take their time on this very important issue, unlike the quick draw House.  In fact, there are at least 16 democratic senators who are having serious concerns about this legislation.  On August 6, 2009, ten of these democratic senators wrote President Obama about their concerns.  Excerpts of the letter follow:

“As Congress considers energy and climate legislation, it is important that such a bill include provisions to maintain a level playing field for American manufacturing.  Manufacturing accounts for more than 10 percent of our economy and nearly three-fourths of the nation’s industrial research and development.  Manufacturing jobs also pay 20 percent more on average than service jobs and have a strong multiplier effect.  Therefore it is essential that any clean energy legislation not only address the crisis of climate change, but include strong provisions to ensure the strength and viability of domestic manufacturing.  Further, any climate change legislation must prevent the export of jobs and related greenhouse gas emissions to countries that fail to take actions to combat the threat of global warming comparable to those taken by the United States……

As you know, production of many energy-intensive goods, such as iron ore, cement, and glass, occurs under vastly differing conditions.  For example, steel produced in China results in roughly three times as much carbon being emitted into the atmosphere as steel produced here in the United States.  In the absence of an adequate international agreement, a border measure could help to prevent countries from responding to climate change less rigorously than the United States and undercutting the effectiveness of our climate policy by shifting, rather than reducing, greenhouse gas emissions.”

This letter was signed by democratic Senators Sherrod Brown(OH), Debbie Stabenow(MI), Russell Feingold(WI), Carl Levin(MI), Evan Bayh(IN), Robert Casey(PA), Robert Byrd(WV), Arlen Specter(PA), John D. Rockefeller IV(WV) and Al Franken(MN).  These senators see this Bill as a job killer and a do nothing on greenhouse emissions.  China, India, Brazil and others have already told President Obama to his face at the G8 Summit that they will not reduce their emissions until their nations are totally built out and they are far from that.

Frankly, the Bill just stinks.  Congress needs to get together and create a comprehensive energy plan.  A model is that of Brazil which uses all forms of energy production including nuclear, alternative and renewable.  This plan has been in effect for a little over 10 years and today the nation is already the world leader in ethanol production and is now self-sufficient. If Brazil doesn’t import a drop of oil from foreign shores, they could last at least 12 years on their own.  Our reserves will take us only 4 months out.  This in addition to selling the rest of the world on reduction of emissions and keeping the costs affordable would be something we could support. They should take the current Bill and throw it in the trash can.  Let us construct something that will keep America strong and free and the world safer.  Is that too much to ask from our Congressional leaders?  I don’t think so.  

Mr. Alford is the co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc.  Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .