Yesterday, House Republicans unveiled their alternative to the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), energy reform legislation that sets standards for renewable energy and global warming pollution. After Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) introduced the Republican “nuclear option,” they returned to attacking the Democratic plan as a “national energy tax.” Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), a prominent global warming denier and top recipient of dirty energy contributions, used potty humor in his attack:
They like to call it ACES but I call it C.R.A.P. — continue ruining America’s prosperity.
In fact, it is the lack of clean energy and global warming policies that has given this country record gas prices and devastating climate disasters. A clean energy economy can restore America’s prosperity. A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds that “the number of jobs in America’s emerging clean energy economy grew nearly two and a half times faster than overall jobs between 1998 and 2007.”