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h.res. 587, i call up h r. 2454 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: union calendar 111-190, h.r. 2554 a bill to transition do to the a clean energy economy. the speaker pro tempore: in lieu of the amendment recommended by the committee on energy and commerce printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute, consisting of the tech of h.r. 2998 modified by the amendment printed in house report 111-185 is adopted and the bill is considered read. after three hours of debate on the bill, as amended, with 2 1/2 hours equally divided and control by the chairman and raking minority member of energy and commerce, and 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman of and ranking member of the
committee of ways and means, it shall be in order to consider a further amendment in the nature of the substitute printed in part b of the report if offered by the gentleman from virginiaing mr. forbes, or his designee, which shall be considered read, shall be debatable for 30 minutes equally controlled by an opponent and a proponent. the gentleman new york -- the gentleman will control 30 minutes of the bait. the gentleman from california. mr. waxman: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to rhett rhett -- to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. waxman: i yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. waxman: we're taking a decisive action to support america's security and create millions of clean energy jobs to drive our economic growth.
this bill, when enacted into law will break our dependence on foreign oiling make our nation the world leader in clean energy jobs and technology and cut global warming pollution. as a result of these new policy settings, we will create millions of clean energy jobs for america and restore our technological leadership in clean energy. we are also protecting consumers. the bill tackles big problems that have been ignored for far too long, and it proposes solutions that will transform our economic and clean air environment. there is a remarkable coalition behind this bill. electric utilities support the bill, manufacturers support the bill, farmers support the bill, and so do the nation's leading environmental organizations, labor unions and faith-based groups. there are many members responsible for this remarkable
coalition. on the energy and commerce committee, john dingell helped force compromises with the auto industry. rick boucher developed ideas that will provide a future for coal. mike doyle addressed the concerns of the steel industry and other trade vulnerable industries. the chairman of the ways and means committee worked with us to make sure that the interests of low-income families are fully protected. and the chairman of the agriculture committee made sure the legislation addresses the concerns of farmers and makes them part of our energy future. the need to act is clear and urgent. there is a national security imperative to act. this legislation at long last begins to break our addiction to imported foreign oil and put us on a path to true energy security. there is a scientific imperative to act. the evidence on global warming, on the consequences of carbon emission is overwhelming, and
we have based our bill on the science. and there is a moral imperative to act. we have obligations to protect and preserve the environment for our children and the generations that follow. and there is an economic imperative to act. this legislation is an enormous jobs bill for america. it will promote investment and growth for decades ahead creating jobs for the new energy economy of the 21st century. people in industry have told us that as soon as this legislation becomes law we will find billions of dollars invested in infrastructure over the next five years. we can see an incredible lost opportunity if we don't act now. these are amazing, developing new technological centers around the u.s., and we can see those jobs going overseas. and that technological
superiority going overseas as well. and this bill is affordable. contrary to what we are going to hear from our friends on the republican side of the aisle the congressional budget office found that this legislation would cost households an average of only $175 in 2020, less than 50 cents a day. the e.p.a. put the cost at 22 cents to 32 cents a day, less than the cost of a postage stamps and lowering utility bills by 7%. this bill is a tremendous opportunity creating millions of new jobs and driving economic growth. it will end our dependence on foreign oil and keep us more secure. this bill will drive to a new area of sustainable growth and innovation, and i urge all members to support it. and, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves his time.
the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. barton: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that the ranking member of the agriculture committee, mr. lucas of oklahoma, control the first 15 minutes of the debate on the minority side. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman from texas. thank you, madam speaker. and i thank the gentleman and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: thank you, madam speaker. the waxman-markey bill promises to destroy our standard of living and quality of life with higher energy costs, higher food prices and loss of jobs. the bill is the single largest economic threat to our farmers and ranchers in decades. we have more than 115 agricultural and food groups who have publicly opposed this bill as of today. madam speaker, i'd ask that the list be entered into the record at the appropriate place. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. lucas: do you know why? the greatest threat to
agricultural producers is ignored. under h.r. 2452 input costs will escalate as a direct result of the energy tax. markets will shrink because foreign competitors whose government will not place burdens on their farmers, they will be able to undersell us. but what about the billions of dollars that farmers are supposed to garner due to offset credits? many farmers will not be able to participate. if the producers started soil tillage practices before 2001, they'll be ineligible to participate. the amendment does not exempt agriculture from performance standards in the bill which means the e.p.a. can tell our producers how to manage their farms. this bill will tax you. this bill will destroy the livelihoods of those who live and work in rural america. those who work every day to consistently provide our nation
and the world with a safe, affordable, abundant food supply and fiber supply. agriculture sets squarely in the crosshairs of this bill because it's energy intensive. whether it's the fuel for the tractor, the fertilizer for the crops or the delivery of food to the grocery store, agriculture uses a great deal of energy throughout production and processing. although usda hasn't devoted any time or resource to complete economic analysis of how this bill will impact farmers, the heritage foundation has. a recent study from the heritage foundation revealed that by the year 2035 the average net income for farms will be decreased by 57%. and also by 2035 gasoline and diesel costs are expected to be 58% higher and electric rates 90% higher. for example, residents in oklahoma can expect their electric rates to increase by nearly $300 million.
so why are we doing this bill? so the u.s. can lead on climate change in the world? we can lead when china and india have refused to participate? we can lead when europe is willing to do half what this bill calls for? we can lead when the rest of the developing world is unable to do anything at all about climate change? some of my idealistic colleagues have to say we have to set atandard for the rest of the world. but i say, i will not make my constituents poor, poorer so that others can get richer at our expense. my friends, this is the wrong bill at the wrong time for the wrong reason. madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma reserves his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. waxman: madam speaker, at this time i'm delighted to yield to the gentleman from
massachusetts, he's the chairman of the subcommittee on energy and the environment as well as the select committee on global warming. he has played the fundamental role of shepherding this bill through our committee and working to get it to the floor today. i will yield to mr. markey three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for three minutes. ms. markey: i thank -- mr. markey: i thank the gentleman from california, and i thank him and his staff for the outstanding leadership and vision which he has provided on this legislation. this is the culmination of a career of work for the gentleman from california, and it's my honor to have been allowed to partner with him in order to construct this legislation that we bring to the floor here today. i want to thank as the gentleman from california as
well has noted the other members who have worked on this legislation. mr. dingell, mr. boucher, mr. doyle, mr. inslee, mr. green mr. butterfield, mr. stupak mr. rush. i mean so many members, including members off the committee, like henry cuellar from the state of texas who worked with us on natural gas-related issues. we will not be here unless we had the cooperation of so many members across the full spectrum of the house. during this process we have received valuable input and expertise from other leaders in the house like chairman rangel on trade issues, chairman peterson on agriculture issues, amongst, again, many others. the legislation we have before us today is the most important
energy and environment legislation to ever have been considered in the history of the united states. the consequences for our country are great unless we act to deal with these issues. this legislation sets a new course for our country creating millions of new clean energy jobs while reducing our dependence upon imported oil. and when it becomes law and it will, for the first time in the history of the united states congress, for the first time in the history of our country we will put enforceable limits on global warming pollution. at its core, however, this is a jobs bill. it will create millions of new clean energy jobs in whole new
industries with incentives to drive competition in the energy marketplace. it sets ambitious and achievable standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy from solar wind, geothermal, biomass so that by 2020, 20% of america's energy will be clean. it saves consumers money by updating efficiency standards for new buildings, appliances and lighting systems. it invests $10 billion a year in energy-efficiency programs in states across this country. can i have one additional minute? mr. waxman: madam speaker, i yield the gentleman one additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. markey: and it starts the much-needed process of making our electric grid a smart grid so we can plug in the hybrid and electric cars of the future into an advanced efficient energy network that by the year 2030 we will be raising a
generation of children who know not how to receive gasoline at a gasoline station but rather by plugging their cars into a plug so that the electricity that we are generating ensures that those vehicles are being run for the benefit of our people. this is a revolution. this is a moment in history. this is what the american people were calling for in the election of 2008, a fundamental change that breaks our dependence upon imported oil, creates millions of new jobs, reduces the amount of pollution that we send up into the atmosphere, and points us in a new direction in our country, that breaks with this pattern of cyclical dependence upon imported oil coming from opec that holds our nation hostage. i urge an aye vote on this bill.