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House Passes Waxman-Markey

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 26, 2009

Tonight, the House approved the Waxman-Markey climate change bill. In approving this bill, the House has chosen to ignore the legislation's harmful effects on American consumers, businesses and the economy. At a time when America is trying to recover from a serious recession, the House has approved legislation that would cost energy users billions of dollars and add new stress to the economy.

As we've mentioned, independent analysis shows the bill could add substantially to the cost of fuels for consumers and businesses. According to the Heritage Foundation, the House legislation could cause gasoline prices to jump 74 percent by 2035. At today's prices that means gasoline would be well over $4 a gallon. A recent study by CRA International for the National Black Chamber of Commerce also estimates a net loss of over 2 million jobs a year.

The bill will cost Americans billions of dollars in higher costs, kill jobs and will not deliver the environmental benefits promised. We are hopeful that the Senate will produce a bill that does not harm the economy and includes a more balanced approach to transportation fuels and natural gas.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.