22 June 2009

They Will Vote For You: Cap and Trade

The Intelligencer of Wheeling reports that "Reps. Alan Mollohan (D-1st) and Nick Rahall (D-3rd) have yet to decide how they will vote on a 'cap and trade' energy bill, even though that legislation could be voted on as early as next week."

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd, meanwhile "U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., "remained firm in her concerns over the bill," the newspaper reports, and "wonders where the bill will leave states like West Virginia that produce 98 percent of their energy from coal."

The article explains that "the cap and trade bill, also known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, would require an 83-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050," and "also would make it extremely expensive for industries to buy permits to burn fossil fuels."


Anonymous said...

Mollohan and Rahall both know exactly how they'll vote on this. They're just afraid to say.
They will vote the party line and hang thousands of their constituents out to dry.

clear eyes said...

Luckily for Rahall and Molohan, Pelosi et al. got 8 Republicans to jump ship on this, so that allowed the WV Dems to vote with the people this time. The problem is that they would likely have been convinced (with pork projects) to vote with the Dems if the votes were needed.