28 August 2009 18:00 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--US manufacturers have launched a multi-state and multi-million-dollar advertising campaign to defeat climate change legislation that they said on Friday would raise energy costs and kill industrial jobs.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) said the television, radio and Internet-based campaign in 13 key manufacturing and energy-producing states is aimed at killing HR-2454, the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act, when it comes up for debate in the US Senate in a few weeks.
The ACES Act was approved by the US House on 27 June with a narrow 219-212 vote that was chiefly along party lines. The measure needed 217 votes for passage, and eight Republicans joined 211 Democrats to approve it.
The bill’s principal feature is a cap-and-trade mandate that would impose increasing limits on US industrial and transportation emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHG) - the cap part of the measure - and sell emissions credits to manufacturers and industries, generating income for the ?xml:namespace>
The legislation also is known as the Waxman-Markey bill, so named for its two principal House sponsors, Democrats Henry Waxman of
Opposition to the ACES Act or similar cap-and-trade measures has grown since the House approval, with chemical producers, refiners and energy companies joining a broad coalition against it. State and local government officials also have voiced opposition to the measure, alleging it will raise energy costs sharply and kill jobs.
Association spokesman Hank Cox said those states have been targeted by the
“It will shrink our nation’s economy, make us less competitive with foreign countries, raise energy costs for consumers and businesses, take away disposable income for Americans and cause significant job losses,” Timmons said. Most of those job losses, he said, would come in the nation’s manufacturing industries.
The bill passed in the House with a very narrow majority vote. However, in the Senate any controversial or major legislation must garner support from at least 60 of the chamber’s 100 members if it is to pass.
Cox declined to say exactly how much
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