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Rep. Boucher (D-VA9); Feel the Heat

My Representative, Virginia’s 9 District, Rick Boucher wrote a column for the Coalfield Progress’, our local newspaper, Opinion page headlined “Taking part in climate bill was necessary.”

Representative Boucher is obviously feeling the heat from his active and forceful promotion of the Waxman-Markey bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (“Cap and Trade”).

The column is long so I’ll just summarize the content—Boucher’s forceful promotion of the Waxman-Markey bill was necessary due to the Supreme Court’s decision, in Massachusetts v. EPA that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas/pollutant and does fall under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mandate to protect the environment. Boucher writes:

“The choice is not between doing something and doing nothing. In 2007, the Supreme Court effectively required EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, the choice is between EPA regulation and Congress intervening with its own regulatory program.”

Boucher is correct on one thing, the choice is not between doing something and doing nothing—the choice is between doing the right thing and doing the wrong thing! Boucher’s analysis, placing the blame for his forceful promotion of “Cap and Trade” bill upon the EPA, is lame at best and dishonest nonsense at worst.

The EPA is a Government Agency; specifically, an Agency of the Executive and Congressional Branches being administrated by Lisa P. Jackson, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Therefore, the President and Congress already has control over the EPA through the appointment and confirmation process.

Boucher goes on, in the column, about how his forceful promotion of “Cap and Trade” gave him “a seat at the table” which allowed him to influence the legislation; specifically, protections for coal production and use. Boucher writes:

“Over two months of intensive negotiations, I was able to modify the original bill to assure that emission allowances are provided for free to electric utilities. By receiving free allowances and avoiding the cost of acquiring allowances at an auction, electric utilities can keep electricity rates affordable and can continue to use coal instead if having to shift to a fuel that has a lower CO2 content. Another of my changes provided the offsets which will enable electric utilities to achieve their required reductions in CO2 emissions by planting trees or investing in agriculture while continuing to use coal at the generating plant. The offsets enable CO2 emitters to meet their greenhouse gas reduction obligations while continuing to burn increasing amounts of coal. My amendments lowered the CO2 reduction targets and also facilitated the early introduction of carbon dioxide capture and sequestration technologies, which will assure the long-term life of the coal industry across our nation.”

Boucher is now forcefully promoting “Cap and Trade” by pushing hard on Senators. Boucher writes:

“I am already having discussions with a group of members of the United States Senate who will be deeply involved in the debate in that body about additional changes which could be made to the legislation to make it more economically acceptable…I am assured of a seat at the table when the final bill is written in negotiations between House and Senate members.”

Here is the question I have for my Representative Rick Boucher. What does “Cap and Trade”, putting a hefty price on energy which effects everything from the cost of peanut butter to jobs, have to do with the environment? In Boucher’s own words, he actively promoted reducing the cap on CO2 emissions in the legislation. The only thing “Cap and Trade” legislation definitely will do is cap the economic growth of America and the prosperity of its citizens.

When finger pointing time comes, as it certainly will, my Representative Boucher will be in the top group on the list.

PS: Oh! Just one more question. Why, since the “Cap and Trade” bill is not set to go into effect until 2012, did it have to be voted on with no time for anyone to actually read it?

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July 30, 2009 - Posted by | Politics, Virginia

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  1. […] Rep. Boucher (D-VA9); Feel the Heat « Aposematic's Blog By aposematic My Representative, Virginia's 9 District, Rick Boucher wrote a column for the Coalfield Progress', our local newspaper, Opinion page headlined “Taking part in climate bill was necessary.” … By receiving free allowances and avoiding the cost of acquiring allowances at an auction, electric utilities can keep electricity rates affordable and can continue to use coal instead if having to shift to a fuel that has a lower CO2 content. Another of my changes provided the … Aposematic's Blog – https://aposematic.wordpress.com/ […]

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