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Environmentalists reject scaled-back energy bill

By Juliet Eilperin
The political class is chattering about how Congress may opt this year for an energy bill that doesn't cap greenhouse gas emissions. But environmentalists said Tuesday they would not accept that sort of legislative solution.

In a morning conference call with reporters, Jeremy Symons, senior vice president for the National Wildlife Federation, said his group and others still see a binding limit on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as a litmus test for legislation they can support.

"What our economy needs, and what our environment needs right now, is a clear signal that we're shifting to clean energy technologies that bring private investment into play," Symons said. "We don't see any significant shift coming from the alternatives that have been proposed."

This position could set up an eventual standoff between green groups and some centrist senators, who see a bill with energy efficiency and renewable energy targets as an acceptable fallback option. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has passed such a bill already.

But Symons noted that for the moment, activists are still counting on the White House and congressional leaders to deliver a comprehensive energy bill. "We're not there yet," he said.

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Juliet Eilperin

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The EPA is in for a shock. We the people are about to 'reject' them and it will not be pleasant or polite.

Posted by: prossers7 | January 12, 2010 10:11 PM
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Dear VirginiaDad,
The sky wont fall, we wont be under water nor out of oil nor have a reduced life expectancy if we dont do anything about "global climate change". The climate is always changing and there are much easier was to ameloriate the its effects than cutting carbon. Perhaps you'd be the first to volunteer to stop breathing to cut your CO2 emissions...
For some reason, we humans always see catastrophy right around the corner

Posted by: bruce18 | January 12, 2010 1:21 PM
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The problem is the "environmentalists" are listening to a technology crowd that is promising technology that just isn't there yet. Boon Pickens recent departure from the wind power industry is because it is not yet ready for mass consumption. He discovered that the people that got him into the business were not quite honest about the technology. Now as you drive through NW Texas there are tons of large windmills pumping out power to the communities immediately surrounding the towers but not any further becuase the technology to send the power further than "next door" does not exist. My friends out there tell of tons and tons of power but it can't be sent anywhere. They are happy except that now they must accept the burden of the massive costs of an overdesigned system. The environmentalists had convinced people like Boon that it was going to supply power to millions, millions I tell you and in reality the few hundreds of thousands are now footing the bill. Sad. Make sure the technology is there before you run off to Utopia. And finally, in spite of the current trend, the Congress is supposed to pass laws for the good of the Nation, not environmental groups or any other GROUPS for that matter.

Posted by: staterighter | January 12, 2010 1:17 PM
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The problem is the "environmentalists" are listening to a technology crowd that is promising technology that just isn't there yet. Boon Pickens recent departure from the wind power industry is because it is not yet ready for mass consumption. He discovered that the people that got him into the business were not quite honest about the technology. Now as you drive through NW Texas there are tons of large windmills pumping out power to the communities immediately surrounding the towers but not any further becuase the technology to send the power further than "next door" does not exist. My friends out there tell of tons and tons of power but it can't be sent anywhere. They are happy except that now they must accept the burden of the massive costs of an overdesigned system. The environmentalists had convinced people like Boon that it was going to supply power to millions, millions I tell you and in reality the few hundreds of thousands are now footing the bill. Sad. Make sure the technology is there before you run off to Utopia.

Posted by: staterighter | January 12, 2010 1:13 PM
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Environmentalists have shown to be hypocrites and are only looking for your cash donations to save their jobs. When they say we need wind generators, but not in their backyard; when they profess getting read of air pollution, but continue to burn their wood stoves and fireplaces; when they show videos of polar bears and tell you they are threatened, and the actual population of polar bears has increased -- wouldn't you call that a lie. Environmentalism has become a religion to the far left who don't think with their head but think with emotion. Don't be fooled.

Posted by: 45upnorth | January 12, 2010 12:39 PM
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FLVET, those who do nothing about growing environmental problems will be the ones who truly ruin this country. We have a patriotic, inherent, and constitutional obligation to ensure the continuing vitality of this country into the future. How can we do that if half the country is underwater, we're out of oil, and our life expectancy is cut in half by toxic pollutants? Now that is the real "Boo hoo."

Posted by: VirginiaDad | January 12, 2010 12:33 PM
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Oh poor humanity if we don't make serious changes NOW. Greed, willful ignorance and selfishness will likely combine to be the end of us as a species...

Posted by: jsmith021961 | January 12, 2010 12:26 PM
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Oh the poor ecos if they don't get a bill that will ruin this country they will be upset. Boo hoo.

Posted by: FLvet | January 12, 2010 11:48 AM
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