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The American Clean Energy and Security Act has cleared its first major hurdle by passing out of the House of Representatives. Some have principled positions against the bill, while others have chosen to support it, albeit with some reservations. But a few elected officials and pundits--from both the right and the left--have not attacked the bill on its merits and have instead said some pretty goofy stuff about ACES.Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), for one, responded on Twitter about the bill's passage, saying:
I hope we can fix cap and trade so it doesn't unfairly punish businesses and families in coal dependent states like Missouri.
Think Progress rightly points out that the country's largest coal company, Peabody Energy, calls Missouri home and they spent about $10 million lobbying against the bill. If by fixing it McCaskill means giving even more billions to coal, I think she might want to re-examine her priorities.
Of course, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) can always be counted on to say some crazy things about climate change. On the day of the vote, Boehner spent an hour mocking the bill on the House floor. He followed that up by telling the Hill, "Hey, people deserve to know what's in this pile of s--t." His collegue Mike Pence wants his colleagues to host an energy forum to “educate your constituents about the Democrats’ national energy tax legislation and let them know what 'all of the above' solution you support." By "all of the above," Pence means more drilling, nukes, and coal--the number one source of greenhouse gases.
And Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity told Fox host Glenn Beck, who was holding a watermelon (green on the outside, Commie red in the middle) at the time, that ACES is really an effort to start a communist system in the U.S.:
And, you know, Gorbachev actually runs an environmental group now. I don't know if everyone knows that. But this bill has only the thin sheen of environmentalism. Greenpeace said it will do nothing to help pollution. Even the EPA says it might increase greenhouse gas emissions.