|The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010|
House Urges Congress to Oppose Cap and Trade
|Stoltze’s HJR 45 heads to Senate, supports investing in carbon technology|
Posted: March 17, 2010
(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today passed House Joint Resolution 45, which urges the U.S. Congress not to enact a pair of bills in the U.S. Senate that would enact cap and trade programs for carbon emissions. House Finance Committee Co-Chair Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak/Mat-Su, sponsored the resolution. Co-Chair Stoltze says it is important to send this message to Washington, D.C., since past cap and trade proposals have been set aside due to their detrimental impacts to business and industry. HJR 45 passed by a vote of 31 to 7.
The two bills currently before Congress would be detrimental to the state across all industries.
“The two bills currently before Congress would be detrimental to the state across all industries,” Stoltze said. “Congress has had the foresight in the past to stop cap and trade, and in this hard-pressed economy, support is needed, not more impediments and intrusions. HJR 45 sends a straight-forward message opposing cap and trade so Alaskan working families and business owners don’t see their opportunities restricted and daily costs increased.”
HJR 45 sends a straight-forward message opposing cap and trade so Alaskan working families and business owners don’t see their opportunities restricted and daily costs increased.
Stoltze commended Alaska Governor Sean Parnell’s efforts on the issue as well, specifically his letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, and Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, the chair and ranking minority caucus member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The governor’s letter set forth the State’s analysis of S. 1733, and advocated for changes that reflected Alaska priorities.
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