Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Environmentalists for Obama, Waxman-Markey Energy Environmental Bill, Comments On YESWECANSOLVEIT BLOGSPOT

[EnvironmentalistsforObama] Re: Energy-Environmental Bill Markup
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 9:31 AM

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Hi Mark,

Is there anything those of us whose reps aren't on the Energy and
Commerce committee can do to help Waxman-Markey through the markup
process? For instance, at this link:


it says there's an Ohioan - Zachary Space - on the committee. Should I
call MY Ohio rep, Marcia Fudge, and let her know I support the bill? Is
it at all likely that she'll talk to Space about it, since they're both
in the same delegation? Or should I just call Space myself and tell him
I'm an Ohio voter...?

Thanks as always -


Mark Dorlester schrieb:
> At this hour, the markup process on H. R. 2454 (the Waxman-Markey Clean
> Energy and Security Act of 2009) has begun and is being broadcast live
> on C-SPAN3 and webcast live on C-SPAN.org.
> By "markup process" is meant as follows: Usually, and in this case, a
> bill in introduced by a member or members and referred to one or more
> committees of jurisdiction for consideration and revision. The
> committee(s) hold hearings and other wise deliberate among the members
> and at the conclusion of that process, the original bill is revised or
> "marked up" to reflect said deliberations. The marked up bill is then
> "reported out" to the Rules Committee and then goes to the House (in
> this case) or Senate floor for debate, further amendment if permitted,
> and final passage. It then goes to "the other body" for like passage
> and any differences between House and Senate versions are resolved in
> "Conference" and then returned to both houses for final passage, and
> then on to the President for signature.
> This is a truly massive bill - one of candidate Obama's top legislative
> priorities for his first term (with healthcare and education reform).
> The Waxman-Markey bill is 932 pages of profoundly substantive changes in
> the way energy is to be generated, transmitted, and used in the U. S.
> First up in Title I of the bill is a massive requirement for what we
> used to call cogeneration, now called "Combined Heat and Power" or "CHP"
> which requires the use of waste heat from industrial heating and/or
> electric power generation to be used for the other purpose. This is
> important because, due to the laws of thermodynamics, most of the energy
> in these processes is discarded when only one product (electricity or
> industrial heating) is produced.
> It will take the Waxman Committee all week, at best, to complete the
> markup process.
> Several Democrats, as well as most Republicans, oppose the bill, and it
> is not clear what the final compromises will be. I will endeavor to
> send a list of committee members later and ask myBO folks in those
> districts to call their Reps and urge passage.
> Mark
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