Congressmen opposed to climate change bill received hundreds of thousands from major polluters

An energy reform and GHG reduction bill has been introduced by Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA).  The American Clean Energy and Security Act, which is expected to pass in the near future (unless the Republicans manage to stall it for months, as they intend to) includes a cap-and-trade plan to regulate GHG emissions, along with provisions for clean energy.  While it has been weakened to gain the support of swing Democrats, it is still a step in curbing our GHG pollution.  Though I’m sure the actual text of the bill is illegible to us common folk, you can read a summary here.

Needless to say, the biggest global warming polluters are lobbying to undermine the Waxman-Markey bill. And, interestingly enough, it turns out that Congressmen who oppose the legislation or are unsure about it have received several times as much money from polluter interests.

waxman-markey-committee-contributions

But that doesn’t surprise anyone, does it?

My problem with the Republicans’ opposition to climate change legislation is that they don’t have an alternative plan.  I know they often invent their own science for hearings, but if they really believe that Waxman-Markey would drastically increase energy costs (which is debatable), then why not present their own bill?  While many of them deny climate change entirely, most claim to support renewable energy, so one might wonder, where is the Republican clean energy solution?

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