“Cap and Trade Vote Results” Obama creates change in U.S. climate policy

The U.S. President, Barack Obama promised change in U.S. climate policy takes shape. The U.S. House of Representatives adopted on Friday evening after violent clashes historically classified as a climate protection law. 219 votes to 212 votes, a package of laws for the first time in the USA-binding caps on emissions of carbon dioxide determine. CO2 is considered the main cause of climate change. About the Act, the massive support of Obama was, is still the Senate – probably in the autumn – the vote.


(WASHINGTON / AP) The core of the climate change law is a reduction in emissions by 2020 by 17 percent below 2005 levels. To achieve this, a system should be introduced to the European Union within the game. With a so-called “cap and trade”, companies with higher and lower pollutant emissions among themselves with emission rights trading. The law marked a “fundamental change” in the American climate and energy policy was the “most important environmental law” in U.S. history, said the Democratic Members Ed Markey (Massachusetts), one of the authors of the law.

Obama had the deputies on Thursday again urged to take the template to be adopted. Even while the debate on Friday had Obama with deputies phoned to alert them to the law to win. Finally, 43 Democrats voted against the law, eight Republicans in favor, however.

Most Republicans and some Democrats fear serious negative impact of the law on the economy and especially on the prices of gasoline and electricity. The leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, John Boehner (Ohio), warned of a “bureaucratic nightmare”, energy will be expensive, but the energy problems of the country would not be solved. The law would ultimately be 2.5 million American jobs at risk. The law threatens “standard of living and quality of life” of Americans, said the Republican Frank Lucas (Oklahoma).

The Democrats believe, however, that with the turnaround in climate policy “millions of green jobs,” especially in the alternative energy industry will arise. “It’s about jobs, jobs, jobs”, said the Democratic president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, just before the crucial vote.

It was only after tough negotiations and compromise, it was the democratic leadership in the Congress Chamber succeeded party enough friends to her side to pull. In the course of the conflict and bargaining, the current draft to the vote on 1200 pages swollen.

“We have seen that our dependence on fossil fuels, our national security is at stake. We have seen that the air we breathe, polluted and our planet at risk,” said Obama. “Now it is time for us to take the lead.”

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