|Foxx, Like Most House Republicans, Unsupportive of New Energy Bill|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Monday, 29 June 2009 04:50|
A new energy bill passed through the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday despite Congresswoman Virginia Foxx’ disapproval.
According to www.GovTrack.us, a government-run website that publishes Congress’ activities, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 passed with a 219-212 vote and was largely supported by House Democrats.
The proposed legislation establishes more efficient and renewable electricity standards.
While the bill looks like a step forward for America’s energy scene, Foxx said it would deal a blow North Carolinians’ wallets.
According to Foxx’ office, the bill would essentially create a national energy tax through a “cap and trade” scheme.
According to the Heritage Foundation, which is a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C., the total tax impact of the bill would amount to $2,979 per year for a family of four.
Foxx’ office said a raise in energy costs would put a heavy strain on manufacturing businesses.
In a released statement, Foxx said, “Tens of thousands of people in North Carolina who work in manufacturing are at risk of losing their jobs due to the burdens placed on employers by this bill. Many employers will be forced out of business or out of the country because of high energy prices and the new regulations in this legislation.”
The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 now heads to the Senate for a vote.
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