MCCAIN ON MCCAIN-LIEBERMAN:
McCain Praised His Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill With Senator Lieberman. MCCAIN: “Joe Lieberman and I, one of my favorite Democrats and I have proposed — we did the same thing with acid rain. They’re doing it in Europe now, although not very well. What we’re saying is look, if you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, you’ll earn a credit. If somebody else is going to increase their’s, you can sell it to them. Meanwhile we have a gradual reduction in the greenhouse emissions.” (MSNBC, [Unverified Transcript], Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Boca Raton, FL, 1/24/08)
Sen. McCain Has Repeatedly Teamed Up With Sen. Joe Lieberman To Push Radical Climate Change Legislation:
McCain-Lieberman Would Have Capped Carbon Dioxide Emissions. “The latest bill rejected by the Senate, sponsored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz, and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., would have mandated caps on carbon dioxide and a market-oriented system for trading them. Those who needed more energy could theoretically buy credits from those who could make do with less. But government would still have to establish the overall cap on energy use.” (Thomas Bray, Op-Ed, “Public Rejects Giving Control Of Energy Use To Government,” The Detroit News, 6/26/05)
- McCain-Lieberman Would Have Hiked Gas Prices. “The increases in gasoline prices projected to occur (is) 9 percent in 2010 and 19 percent in 2025.” (“Analysis Of Senate Amendment 2028, The Climate Stewardship Act Of 2003,” Energy Information Administration, 1/6/07)
The U.S. Energy Information Administration Estimated That McCain’s Global Warming Legislation Would Have Decreased U.S. GDP By $776 Billion. “The cumulative losses in actual GDP are about $776 billion (1996 dollars) in the SA.2028 (McCain-Lieberman)…. The peak, single-year impact on actual GDP under SA.2028 occurs in 2025, with a loss of $76 billion (1996 dollars), or about 0.4 percent of GDP. The largest percentage change in actual GDP, 0.5 percent, occurs in 2011, where the estimated loss in actual GDP that year is $57 billion…” (“Analysis Of Senate Amendment 2028, The Climate Stewardship Act Of 2003,” Energy Information Administration, 1/6/07)
“Impact Of McCain-Lieberman * If The Climate Stewardship Act Passes, It Would Increase:
- Energy Costs By 30 To 50 Percent.
- Unemployment By Nine Percent.
- Electricity Costs By 46 Percent.
- Fuel Oil Prices By 33 Percent.
- Inflation By 27 Percent.” (Editorial, “Climate Stewardship Bill Would Starve U.S. Economy,” The Detroit News, 10/30/03)
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Said McCain-Lieberman Was “The Right Thing To Do.” “Continuing his fight for environmental protection and energy security, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in offering an amendment to the Energy Bill that would ensure that America takes a leadership role in addressing the effects of global climate change. … Kerry said. ‘It is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.'” (Sen. John Kerry, “Kerry Joins Bipartisan Group In Offering Climate Change Amendment To Energy Bill,” Press Release, 6/22/05)
Sens. McCain, Kerry And Lieberman Voted For Global Warming Legislation That Was Soundly Rejected By Senate Republicans And Democrats. 49 Republicans and 11 Democrats voted against McCain’s “greenhouse gas” amendment to the energy bill. (H.R. 6, CQ Vote #148: Rejected 38-60: R 6-49; D 31-11; I 1-0, 6/22/05, McCain, Kerry and Lieberman Voted Yea)
National Review Called McCain’s Legislation “Kyoto By Another Name.” “Who does Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) think he is fooling? McCain’s Climate Stewardship Act, cosponsored with Sen. Joe Lieberman (D., Conn.), is a political roadmap back to the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations global-warming treaty that the Senate preemptively rejected by a vote of 95-0 in July 1997.” (Marlo Lewis, “Kyoto By Another Name,” National Review, 6/16/04)