Today the U.S. Chamber unveiled what is becoming an annual exercise: a chart of the overwhelming number of regulations and mandates contained in the latest comprehensive climate bill. The Chamber’s chart, which maps out the regulatory process and implementation of H.R. 2454, the “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009,” can be viewed at http://www.uschamber.com/media/pdfs/waxmanmarkey.pdf.
The 1,200-page bill, which consists of (1) a cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions, (2) a federal renewable electricity mandate and (3) a suite of new mandatory energy efficiency standards, will impose 397 new federal regulations (which require traditional agency rulemakings) and 1060 new mandates.
Waxman-markey pre-liminary head-count as of Thursday afternoon (courtesy Myron Ebell):
218 needed to win…
Yes = 175
Leaning Yes = 35
TOTAL = 210
Undecided = 20
No = 190
Leaning No = 14
TOTAL = 204
Undecided or Won’t Say:
R Kirk Ill
R Jones NC
R Frelinghuysen NJ
Space Ohio (he voted for it in committee)
Al Green Tex
Jackson Lee Tex
Eddie Bernice Johnson Tex
R Castle Del
R Cao La
R Ehlers Mich
R McHugh NY
R Gerlach Penna
The perfect ride from Green Hell to real hell… also appropriate for Waxman-Markey… full story…
As support for Waxman-Markey seems to be flagging (2pm, Thursday), President Obama just delivered a live plea for the bill noting that,
… there is no debate that carbon pollution is jeopardizing our planet.
Obama must never read the newspapers or surf the Net.
Politico.com reports that Al Gore has canceled what was to be a personal appearance on Capitol Hill today to lobby House Democrats on Waxman-Markey.
According to the Politico report:
“As the list of undecided Members narrowed, the Speaker thought it was unnecessary to impose on the Vice President’s schedule to travel to Washington, and instead to continue coordinating efforts from Tennessee,” spokesman Drew Hammill said in an e-mail.
Perhaps … or does Gore figure that the House vote will be so close that he doesn’t want to risk personal embarrassment in the event that Waxman-Markey goes down to defeat?
The League of Conservation Voters issued the following “unprecedented” threat to Congress on June 23:
In light of the tremendous importance of this legislation, LCV has made the unprecendented decision that we will not endorse any member of the House of Representatives in the 2010 election cycle who votes against this historic bill.
Click here for the LCV letter.
This is no idle threat since, as recounted in Green Hell, the LCV was instrumental in making Barack Obama a U.S. Senator in 2004 and, well, you know the rest…
Steve Milloy’s article entitled, “Waxman’s Economy Killer“, is the headline story on HumanEvents.com this morning.
Forward it to your Congressman… Friday’s vote on Waxman-Markey could be a squeaker — we could defeat it.
CNN reports that House Democrats are unsure of passage.
Waxman-Markey delenda est!