New Study Exposes Anti-Energy Agenda Of Jeffords Bill

New Study Exposes Anti-Energy Agenda Of Jeffords Bill

Senate Holds Hearing on Costly, Ineffective Proposals Today
June 12, 2002

Washington, D.C., June 12, 2002—New air quality legislation currently being considered in Congress is a stealth attempt to impose Kyoto Protocol-style energy rationing, according to a new study published this week by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  Study author Marlo Lewis, Jr. exposes the flaws of the so-called “Multi-Pollutant” air pollution legislation, including the dishonest attempt to link harmless carbon dioxide with true air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and mercury.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


“Although President Bush has nixed any chance of the United States ratifying the Kyoto global warming treaty during his term of office, the Kyoto agenda of climate alarmism and energy rationing continues to shape the public debate,” said Marlo Lewis, senior fellow at CEI and author of the study “Multi-Pollutant” Regulation of Carbon Dioxide: Shrewd Politics, Bad Policy.  The air pollution bills currently sponsored by James Jeffords (I-VT) in the Senate (S. 556) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) in the House (H.R. 1256) are prime examples of this trend.


Witnesses will be testifying today before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee under the chairmanship of Sen. Jeffords to examine the multi-pollutant proposal.  To provide a clear understanding of the legislation, the committee will need to address several important flaws, including the tens of billions of dollars in higher energy prices it would cost consumers in the years ahead and its uselessness as a response to climate change.


“The Energy Information Agency examined the impacts of Sen. Jeffords’s plan and found that it would increase electricity prices 33 percent by 2020,” continued Lewis.  “The overall impact of the Jeffords plan would be to reduce GDP by $100 billion once it is fully phased in.  Given the lack of evidence that the proposals would do anything to actually influence the climate, that’s a cost the American people should not be asked to shoulder.”

The text of the study “Multi-Pollutant” Regulation of Carbon Dioxide: Shrewd Politics, Bad Policy is available online.

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