House Approves Climate Change Bill

House Democrats pulled off a big win Friday evening -- passing a Climate Change and Energy bill.

The margin of victory was just a handful of votes and they needed President Obama's help to sway some skeptics.

Republicans say the bill will amount to an energy tax that will be paid by every American.

Supporters hope the bill will slash greenhouse gas emissions, fast-track renewable energy, and create jobs.

But opponents say the true cost is millions of jobs. The legislation would impose limits, for the first time, on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas pollution from power plants, factories and refineries.

After finishing up the vote, the house headed off on its July Fourth vacation.

The Climate Change and Energy bill now moves to the Senate.


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  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2009 at 07:15 AM
    As I read the numbers, 8 pseudo Republicans voted for this faulty legislation. Many Democrats bailed off of the mothership Obama and voted against it. Folks, if this passes the Senate if will result in the LARGEST TAX increase in US history. It's just not labeled that way. Many businesses will have to close, many jobs will be lost, and it's based on a hoax. The EPA has suppressed a report that contradicts everything this bill is about. Who is making the EPA not issue their report. Are you tired of Thug Politics? Call your representative and most important, know how he/she voted.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 29, 2009 at 05:31 AM
    Is big eared Dumbobama going to pay the gas tax on fuel for the Presidential motorcade and Air force One. It should come out of his salary, as should vomit faced Nancy Pukelosy's tax for the military aircraft she uses.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jun 27, 2009 at 08:57 PM
    I an VERY surprised Shuler votes for this. I thought he was smarter than that. Butterfield probably has trouble finding the House Chamber so I know he has no idea what it even means. He is just a sheep that will vote however Obama wants him to. This is going to be a good thing. This will be another guarantee that we will see some major changes in 2010 and 2012 and all of this crap will be repealed.
  • by David Location: Kinston on Jun 27, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    If this bill is passed in the senate we will all suffer deeply.The democrats want to drive this country into a depression.All the Obama supporters should be first in the unemployment and soup lines when this economy erupts.
  • by Melvin Location: Jacksonville on Jun 27, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    Coupled with my post at the bottom,there is something that many of North Carolinians have forgotten. Does anyhone remember the Green renewable energy bill signed into law by former Gov. Mike Easley? "In a historic stroke of the pen, on August 20, 2007, Governor Mike Easley signed Senate Bill 3 and North Carolina became the 25th state – and the first in the Southeast – to enact a mandatory renewable energy and energy efficiency por tfolio standard (REPS) into law.1 The new law – known as Session Law 2007-397 – requires North Carolina electric utilities to include renewable energy and energy efficiency in their electric generation portfolios. They must do this by ensuring that a percentage of the electricity they sell is created through the use of renewable energy resources or energy ef ficiency measures. A Citizen’s Guide: The North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio." Bev's after your green taxes to.
  • by David Location: Kinston on Jun 27, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    I hope all you Obama disciples are happy now.Don't blame anyone but yourself when the your utility bills double.He promised during the campaign that taxes would not be raised.He is a liar.Democrats have no morals.
  • by lin Location: martin county on Jun 27, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    AMEN!!!!! to all that has been said. the idiots who voted for them have got what they wanted. I'm suprised the "media-ator" of this site allows these comments because the media is part of the supporting factor for this farce government is feeding us. Free speech is gone. ambition is being killed. the ones who tried to warn others of what is coming are having to suffer as well. Wish icould win the lottery. first thing i would do would be pack my family up and leave. don't knkow where i would go, but it can not be as bad as where we are heade here. Even so....PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM AND GET YOUR LIFE READY. Even so come quickly LORD JESUS. He is the solution.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 27, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    Yea, but the proponents will say we HAVE to do something! They have been led to believe that there is an actual problem, being the good sheeple that they are. Then the second thing; this country is going to make all of these drastic changes to "fix" the environment, yet many of the other countries will do nothing, causing the US to give up any of the competiveness that we had in the world economy. This is more of the change being brought on to insure that we will be the third world country that prime minister obama thinks we should be. Buzz-
  • by Tim Location: MHC on Jun 27, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    The documentary "The Obama Deception", which can be seen on u tube, was dead on. Everything in that documentary is happening. As for calling congress, I remember in the 90's the calls were 95% against NAFTA but they voted for it anyway, the calls were 95% against the patriot act but they voted for it anyway, the calls were 98% against the bankster takeover bill in October but they voted for it anyway. We have a clear pattern of TREASON!!! This is why I believe we will have a revolution; which is CLEARLY authorized under the DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE. Google it and get back in touch with the spirit of our Founding Fathers.
  • by jojo on Jun 27, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    Get the vasaline out you going to need it for the next 3 years. I wonder now some demo's claim they didn't vote demo's, well I know some are crying the blues.
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