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Senate kicks off climate change debate

Enzi urges innovation and strong economy

June 2, 2008

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate started the week debating climate change legislation and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., made the following comments about the bill and the impact it would have on the nation.

“This bill costs money. It will make gasoline more expensive.  It will increase electric bills.  It will take hard earned money out of the pockets of hard working Americans. Companies don’t pay the cost of higher energy - they pass it to the customer. Americans should think about what they want to pay for gas and electricity in 2013 when this bill would go into effect.

“How willing are people to pay the personal cost of climate change legislation? What we need is a bill that spurs innovation and recognizes what is possible with technology.  What we need is a bill that recognizes that, if we want a clean environment, we cannot destroy our economy.  I am in favor of using alternative sources of energy and reducing emissions but this bill is not the right approach to a cleaner environment.

“This bill needs to be improved and I look forward to voting on amendments that will reduce the exorbitant cost this bill would bring if passed as is,” said Enzi.

The Senate plans to debate the Lieberman-Warner climate change bill for the remainder of the week.