Sunday, June 10, 2007

Congress Considers Scraping California's Global Warming Law!! (Sac Bee June 10, 2007)

BS Ranch Perspective:

The thing that I have is that California is supposed to be the Green Machine when it comes to that of Alternative style power and the start of the change of Alternative syle Fules and change Away from Oil and that style of Fuel.

This story is taken from. Yet here we are setting the example that there cannot be a bill or Law that controls or even changes the Global Warming statute. It has to be done by that of the federal Level and also other Countries Must Follow along with the Global Warming Bill too. The Chinese Which are just passing us up in the use of oil and Fuels to cause Global Warming. The Chinese Government, Japan, Russia, and now even that of Vietnam is also using oil more and more with no smog restrictions on their vehicles, like we have on our cars and trucks. So, who is the violator of Global Warming. more us or them?

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Sacbee / Politics.

Congress considers scrapping California's global warming law

By David Whitney - Bee Washington Bureau
Published 12:09 pm PDT Thursday, June 7, 2007

WASHINGTON - The debate over legislation to curb global warming opened Thursday in the House, where one of the biggest battles will be whether to sacrifice California's landmark law to institute a national standard.The

opening salvos came at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's energy and air quality panel, which released last week a draft bill that is heavy on development of new fuels but weak on reductions in carbon dioxide emissions that most scientists believe are the leading cause of global warming.The

The most controversial feature of the draft measure is the preemption of California's tough new law to lower emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

states with similar laws, has pleaded with the federal Environmental Protection Agency for a Clean Air Act waiver so that it can implement.

The draft legislationimplement.Thehe California law, replacing it with a national standard.

Opening statements by standard.Openingbers Thursday revealed the extent of the divisions on the panel. Rather than political, the sides line up more along regional lines with members from states tied to the automobile, oil and coal industries largely aligned opposite large coastal states with severe air pollution problems.

The draft legislation,problems.The, drew praise from Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill, the former HousHasterter, whose state is rich in coal and corn used to make ethanol, and from Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., whose districDingelldes Dearborn, the capital of the flDearborn.S. auto industry.

Dingell is the powerfuindustry.DingellHouse Energy and Commerce Committee; Hastert is the senior RepublicaHasterte energy and air quality subcommittee.

Hastert said the dsubcommittee.Hasterte playing field" for alternative fuels that can help make the country less dependent on foreign oil. Dingell called the measure "welDingellced" and a "superb starting point." But other members, led by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angles, himself aWaxmanful Losce on the committee as its second most-senior Democrat behind Dingell, said the bill is a gifDingelle energy industry, especially coal producers, and will do little to curb global warming.

"This doesn't step up to the urgent challenge before us," Waxman said. "It blinks, and thWaxmanps back."

The regional divisions over global warming legislation were an early frustration to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. RealizPelosiat Dingell and the energy committeDingelllikely to be a problem on enacting anything like the California law, Pelosi created a separate globaPelosiing panel headed by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

Markey denouncedMarkeyubcoMass.Markeyft Thursday, charging that it "cuts the legs out of the states just as they are beginning to sprint forward" under California's leadership with tough curbs on greenhouse gas emissions.

"This draft is one I cannot support," Markey said. "It does not refleMarkey spirit of what I think the country wants to see happen."

Earlier in the week, California Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez sent a letter to Pelosi cNúñezining about the HoPelosiaft, charging that it would "wipe out the enormous progress we are making in California."

Pelosi later issued a statementPelosig that any legislation affecting California's law or curbing the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that the EPA has authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions "will not have my support."

But there may be enough votes to pass such a bill out of the energy committee. Waxman wrote a letter to commitWaxmanaders chastising the bill Thursday, and it was signed by 11 other committee Democrats. But together those 12 critics don't add up to even half the full committee's Democrats, and represent only about a quarter of the 57-member committee.

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