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Waxman and Markey Attempt to Go Green, But Put Taxpayers in the Red

On May 21, 2009, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA), which was co-sponsored by Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Energy and the Environment Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.).  Among other environmental regulations, the legislation calls for the implementation of a burdensome cap-and-trade system.  This byzantine system proposes that the government grant tradable allowances for each ton of pollution emitted into the atmosphere to such entities as electric utilities, oil companies, and large industrial sources.  The program decreases the number of available allowances issued each year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions based on 2005 levels by 3 percent in 2012, 17 percent in 2020, 42 percent in 2030, and 83 percent in 2050.

Gasp!

In April 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Massachusetts v. EPA.  The lawsuit’s intent was to force the EPA to regulate CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHG) as pollutants because of their supposed contribution to global warming.  The basis of the suit was EPA’s contention in 2003 that it lacked the authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2).

CCAGW QUESTIONS BILL TO RENAME RIO GRANDE CANAL

For Immediate Release Contacts:      Leslie K. Paige 202-467-5334
June 24, 2008 Alexa Moutevelis 202-467-5318

 

Corn Ethanol is Not a Panacea

All is not rosy with corn ethanol and other biofuels, according to a February 7 Scientific American online article.  The article reported on the release of two new research studies that show that converting corn to ethanol is leading to increased clearing of the Amazon rainforest and higher costs of food.  Plus, for those who argue that global warming is man-made, the researchers highlighted in the Scientific American article report that corn ethanol production may be making the situation worse.

Deepwater in Hot Water

The Coast Guard’s air and sea fleet are aging, with most of the fleet dating back to the 1950s and 1960s.  Responding to the need to update the fleet and react to a shifting threat, the Coast Guard created the Integrated Deepwater System in 2002, which, according to the Coast Guard’s website is “a critical multi-year program to modernize and replace the Coast Guard’s aging ships and aircraft, and improve command and control and logistics systems.  It is the largest acquisition in the history of the Coast Guard.  Integrated Coast Guard Systems has been managing the IDS contract since it was awarded in June, 2002.”  However, there are serious concerns with the procurement of aircraft and the National Security Cutter.

Extreme Makeover: San Joaquin River

How much should it cost to restore salmon to a river?  Try $22 million per salmon under legislation that is moving through Congress. 

CCAGW Condemns Senate Action on Coconut Road Earmark Probe

For Immediate Release Contacts: Leslie K. Paige (202) 467-5334
April 17, 2008 Alexa Moutevelis (202) 467-5318

 

CCAGW to Congress: Uphold WRDA Veto!

For Immediate Release Contacts:     Leslie K. Paige      (202) 467-5334
November 6, 2007 Alexa Moutevelis (202) 467-5318

 

CCAGW Calls Changes to Earmark Reform a Fiscal Fiasco

For Immediate Release Contacts: Leslie K. Paige (202) 467-5334
July 30, 2007 Alexa Moutevelis (202) 467-5318

 

CCAGW Urges Swift Vote on Nussle as New OMB Director

For Immediate Release Contacts:      Leslie K. Paige (202) 467-5334
July 27, 2007 Alexa Moutevelis (202) 467-5318

 

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