Roll Call publishes one of its “Mission Ahead” special sections today, this one focusing on energy and environment. Jay Timmons, executive vice president at the National Association of Manufacturers, offers his contribution about the Waxman-Markey bill and a possible Senate version.
With jobs and economic recovery at stake, a climate change bill that adds costs and regulatory burdens to business is not logical, and the Senate might produce more thoughtful legislation that first protects the American economy and jobs.
The Senate also benefits from the parallel consideration of the energy bill sponsored by Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.). The American Clean Energy Leadership Act, while not perfect, does promote development of clean energy technologies, conservation and efficiency, and — critically for the manufacturing sector — calls for expanded production of domestic energy resources like natural gas and oil. It also contains vital language about upgrading the nation’s power grid.
If these principles and goals shape Senate consideration of a climate change bill, then we will come much closer to the debate Congress and the country should be having — that of a comprehensive national energy strategy that is cognizant of how our economy uses energy and the significant work already being done to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
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