I despise the left wing liberal attempts to change America. I support FREEDOM, freedom of speech, right to bear arms, religious freedom and protecting the rights of Americans, including the unborn. Close the border, round up illegals and send them home. Welcome them back with a green card. I believe in preserving the visions of our founding fathers which did not include Socialism or Sharia Law.
This IS STILL America.....at least for now.
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had recently failed an entire class.
That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.
The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
Well, Obama was true to his word. You CAN keep your coverage. Just don't ever lose it because no private health insurance provider will be able to enroll any new individual into their plans after ObamaCare goes into effect. Essentially, if you lose that coverage, you will be forced to move to the public option...ObamaCare.
Inevitably, all private insurance companies will be forced out of business. Read it for yourself.
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Lines 3-16 3 (a) GRANDFATHERED HEALTH INSURANCE COV- 4 ERAGE DEFINED.—Subject to the succeeding provisions of 5 this section, for purposes of establishing acceptable cov- 6 erage under this division, the term ‘‘grandfathered health 7 insurance coverage’’ means individual health insurance 8 coverage that is offered and in force and effect before the 9 first day of Y1 if the following conditions are met: 10 (1) LIMITATION ON NEW ENROLLMENT.— 11 (A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in 12 this paragraph, the individual health insurance 13 issuer offering such coverage does not enroll 14 any individual in such coverage if the first 15 effective date of coverage is on or after the first 16 day of Year 1. 17 (B) DEPEN
There is a radical agenda at work here. I, for one, resent being told partial truths. Had I not read this for myself, I would not have believed it based on Obama's promise. You call this transparency? I call it his radical agenda to take our country in a direction that would turn our founding fathers over in their graves. Healthcare is just the beginning.
How can you have a government that provides a competitive option for health insurance when the government controls the competition?
I have a feeling this will pass BEFORE they break in August despite their saying it will be in September. Wanna bet?
Please read the bill for your self...at least the section I have quoted here.
I find it interesting that our President...the President of the United States of America opted not to pay for his 17 parking tickets from 17 years ealier...until he was just about to launch his Presidential Campaign.
SEC. 121. ELECTRIC VEHICLE INFRASTRUCTURE (A) UTILITY PLAN FOR INFRASTRUCTURE Each electric utility shall develop a plan to support the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles, including heavy-duty-hybrid electric vehicles. The plan may provide for deployment of electrical charging stations in public or private locations, including street parking, parking garages, parking lots, homes, gas stations, and highway rest stops. Any such plan may also include – Battery exchange, fast charging infrastructure and other services Triggers for infrastructure deployment based upon market penetration of plug-in electric drive vehicles Such other elements as the State determines necessary to support plug-in electric drive vehicles. (B) SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS State regulatory authority (in the case of each electric utility for which it has a ratemaking authority) and each utility (in the case of a non-regulated utility shall -- Require that charging infrastructure deployed is interoperable with products of all auto manufacturers to the extent possible……. (D) SMART GRID INTEGRATION State regulatory authority (in the case of each electric utility for which it has ratemaking authority) and for each utility (in the case of a non-regulated utility) shall, in accordance with regulations issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pursuant to section 1305(d) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 – Establish any appropriate protocols and standards for integrating plug-in electric drive vehicles into an electrical distribution system…. Include, to the extent feasible, the ability for each plug-in electric drive vehicle to be associated with its owner’s electric utility account, regardless of the location that the vehicle is plugged in, for the purposes of appropriate billing for any electricity from the vehicles batteries as well as any crediting for electricity provided to the electric utility from the vehicle batteries and Review the determination made in response to section 1252 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 in light of this section, including whether time-of-use pricing should be employed to enable the use of plug-in drive vehicles to contribute to meeting peak-load and ancillary service power needs. REMARKS: The planning for an infrastructure to support electric/plug-in drive vehicles indicates that while the bill was touted to reduce dependence on foreign oil, it is realistically aiming at eliminating vehicles that are powered by petroleum products. You will be buying an electric vehicle because that is what is being foisted on the automobile industry, and this section of the bill paves the way for it. While electric vehicles may get you to your destination, the electric vehicles will probably not allow for larger families, or the ability to haul items in it. To date, I have not heard of one hybrid vehicle that will support towing capabilities – so kiss your travel trailer or boat goodbye. Don’t plan on putting a considerable amount of items when moving in these cars. Don’t plan on buying lots of things at your local Costco, BJ’s, or Sam’s Club because these vehicles will not have adequate room for them. Now the government is telling us that all auto manufacturers will be producing electric vehicles and that they may not necessarily all be built with the same electric drive motors – meaning that there may very well be compatibility issues with the infrastructure designed to support them. What does that mean? You may very well find yourself out of power and nowhere near you is a charging station. Get ready to find yourself stranded on the highways and byways. Additionally, it is saying all manufacturers – Ford did not take bailout money, but is being pressured into making this type of vehicle because GM (Government Motors) is. Now your travels will be tracked through the billing of your utility account for plug-in vehicle charging. Additionally, you may very well find that “powering up” during peak use times will result in some kind of price increase for that particular recharging. Ever get stuck in traffic long enough so that you need to pull off the road and gas up? Now that could be a very costly proposition.
SEC.122. LARGE-SCALE VEHICLE ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAM (A) DEPLOYMENT PROGRAM The Secretary of Energy shall establish a program to deploy and integrate plug-in electric drive vehicles into the electricity grid in multiple regions. In carrying out the program, the Secretary may provide financial assistance ….. (B) GOALS The goals of the program established pursuant to subsection (a) shall be To demonstrate the viability of a vehicle based transportation system that is not overly dependent on petroleum as a fuel and contributes to lower carbon emissions than a system based on conventional vehicles To facilitate the integration of advanced vehicle technologies into electricity distribution areas To demonstrate the potential benefits of coordinated investments in vehicle electrification on personal mobility and a regional grid To investigate differences in each region (D) USE OF FUNDS Assisting persons located in the regional deployment area, including fleet owners, in the purchase of new plug-in electric drive vehicles by offsetting in whole or in part the incremental cost of such vehicles above the cost of comparable conventionally fueled vehicles. (G) AUTHORIZATION There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary. REMARKS: There is a need to demonstrate the viability of vehicle electrification? Sounds like they aren’t too certain of just how viable widespread electrification will be. Demonstrate potential benefits to personal mobility? How does having my travels tracked through my use of charging locations enhance my personal mobility? How does having limited range without charging enhance my mobility? Are they unsure that there are benefits and are hoping this program will find some? What! We are giving them a blank check for funding this particular program! I can see why, after all, they have done such a WONDERFUL job with our money so far. I do not believe for one moment that this will be funded conservatively – Congress has no clue how to spend conservatively. When they spend, they go all out. And here they are, giving themselves a blank check. Would you give them a blank check? Additionally, this section addresses fleet size specifically – but what about individuals?
SEC. 123. PLUG-IN ELECTRIC DRIVE VEHICLE MANUFACTURING (A) VEHICLE MANUFACTURING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM The Secretary of Energy shall establish a program to provide financial assistance to automobile manufacturers to facilitate the manufacture of plug-in electric drive vehicles…. (B) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE The Secretary of Energy may provide financial assistance to an automobile manufacturer under the program established pursuant to subsection (a) for the reconstruction or retooling of facilities for the manufacture of plug-in electric drive vehicles (C) CRITERIA In selecting recipients of financial assistance from among applicant automobile manufacturers, the Secretary shall give preference to proposals that Are most likely to be successful and Are located in local markets that have the greatest need for the facility (G) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section. REMARKS: Question. How likely is it that GM (Government Motors) will be given preference over Ford Motors? After all, the government owns over 60% of GM. And look at the appropriations – another blank check. Congress has given themselves a blank check and none of us has a clue what kind of numbers they have in mind – is it millions, billions, or trillions? We don’t know – it’s just more fiscal irresponsibility.
SEC. 125. ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY VEHICLE MANUFACTURING INCENTIVE LOANS Section 136(d) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17013(d) (1) is amended by striking “$25,000,000,000, and inserting “$50,000,000,000”. REMARKS: Another $25,000,000,000. Has anyone told Congress that we are out of money? What part of National Debt do they not get? Just a heads up, folks – there are more sections coming in this critique and they too are spending money that we don’t have…… It gets worse farther along. Also, at this point I want to point out that we have seen programs to assist vehicle manufactures and fleet owners. Keep watching to see who else gets assistance.
SEC.131. ESTABLISHMENT OF SEED (State Energy and Environment Development) ACCOUNTS (B) ESTABLISHMENT OF SEED ACCOUNTS The Administrator shall establish a program under which a State, through its State Energy Office or other State agency designated by the state, may operate a State Energy and Environment Development Account. (C) PURPOSE The purpose of each SEED Account is to serve as a common State-level repository for the managing and accounting for emission allowances provided to States designated for renewable energy and energy efficiency purposes. (G) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator such sums as may be necessary for SEED Account operations. REMARKS: Another blank check. Have we learned anything yet about our Congress and their wild spending habits? They need a short leash. Better yet, a pink slip.
SEC. 132. SUPPORT OF STATE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS (B) DISTRIBUTION AMONG STATES Not later than September 30 of each calendar year from 2011 through 2049 the Administrator shall, in accordance with the section, distribute allowances allocated pursuant to section 782(g)(1) of the Clean Air Act. (C) USES Not less than 12.5 percent shall be distributed by the State to units of local government to be used to support energy efficiency and renewable energy purposes— Implementation and enforcement of building codes…. Low-income community energy efficiency programs Implementation of the Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) program Not less than 20 percent shall be used exclusively for capital grants, tax credits, production incentives, loans, loan guarantees, forgivable loans, direct provision of allowances, and interest rate buydowns REMARKS: Here we see that there will be some distributions to low-income community energy efficiency programs and that there will be grants, tax credits, loans, forgivable loans…… How much is all of this going to cost? Where is mention of assistance for the average working middle class? Haven’t seen it yet? That’s because we have not been mentioned yet. Watch to see if it happens – but don’t hold your breath!
SEC. 144. SMART GRID PEAK DEMAND REDUCTION GOALS. (A) GOAL Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, each load-serving entity, or at the option of the State, each State with respect to load-serving entities that the State regulates, shall determine and publish peak demand reduction goals for any load-serving entities that have an applicable baseline in excess of 250 megawatts. (D) PLAN Each load-serving entity shall prepare a peak demand reduction plan….. (I) ASSISTANCE AND FUNDING There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as many be necessary to the Commission, the Secretary, and the Administrator to carry out the provisions of this section. REMARKS: Now we see that there will be implemented plans to reduce peak energy demand. Will you get home from work late and find that your stove will not turn on? Who knows? Earlier, we saw the potential for peak-demand rates which would no doubt be at a higher rate. So we are looking at a higher price for less available energy. And once again, another blank check. Is anyone out there getting peeved about this yet?
SEC. 146. INCLUSION OF SMART GRID FEATURES IN APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM (A) AMENDMENTS By striking “$50,000,000” through the period at the end and inserting “100,000,000 for each fiscal year from 2010 through 2015. REMARKS: Okay. That’s doubling the amount already appropriated for this in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. We are talking an additional $300,000,000. Are we there yet? Have we hit that magic number yet? The one where the United States is virtually owned by China. Not yet? Wait for it…. It’s coming!
SEC. 216A. TRANSMISSION PLANNING ASSISTANCE AUTHORIZATION There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this paragraph. REMARKS: Another blank check. How many is that so far? Lost count? Me too!
SEC. 153. SUPPORT FOR QUALIFIED ADVANCED ELECTRIC TRANMISSION MANUFACTURING PLANTS, QUALIFIED HIGH EFFICIENCY TRANSMISSION PROPERTY, AND QUALIFIED ADVANCED ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION PROPERTY (C) GRANTS The Secretary of Energy is authorized to provide grants for up to 50 percent of costs incurred in connection with the development, construction, acquisition of components for, or engineering of a qualified advanced electric transmission property….. There are authorized to be appropriated for purposes of this subsection not more than $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2010. REMARKS: When people said that this bill was a tax increase, they were pooh-poohed by Congress. They were told that this was not a tax bill. Well guess what? If Congress is spending all this money it is definitely going to come from somewhere. And where does Congress get the money it spends? From taxpayers. It is not freely and lovingly gifted to Congress – it is the product of our sweat and labors. With all the millions in all of these sections, no one in their right mind can say that this is not a tax on working Americans. Where else is the money going to come from? If they have a money tree they better start hitting that now because this well has almost gone dry.
SEC. 173. BUILDING ASSESSMENT CENTERS (A) IN GENERAL The Secretary of Energy shall provide funding to institutions of higher education for Building Assessment Centers to – Identify opportunities for optimizing energy efficiency and environmental performance in existing buildings: Promote high-efficiency building construction techniques and materials options; Promote applications of emerging concepts and technologies in commercial and institutional buildings; Train engineers, architects, building scientists, and building technicians in energy-efficient design and operation; Assist local community colleges, trade schools, registered apprenticeship programs and other accredited training programs in training building technicians…. (D) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2010 and each fiscal year thereafter. REMARKS: $50,000,000 starting in 2010. When does this year end? There is no provision for an “end date”. So this apparently is going to go on for ever. I have a serious issue with the program funding going on for an indeterminate length of time. Will our grandchildren and great grandchildren still be paying for this in 2050? Or 2075? 2100? I have no clue – and Congress is clueless too (that one gets my vote of support!) or they are making an attempt to extend this program in perpetuity.
SEC. 174. CENTERS FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL KNOWLEDGE AND OUTREACH (B) FEDERAL SHARE The Federal share of the cost of carrying out the internship programs described under subparagraph (A) shall be 50 percent. (C) FUNDING Subject to the availability of appropriations of the funds made available to carry out this subsection, the Secretary shall use to carry out this paragraph not less that $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2010 and each fiscal year thereafter. REMARKS: Once again, we have $5,000,000 starting in 2010 and no end date. I want to ask a question. At some point, shouldn’t we have trained an adequate number of people to design, build, innovate, maintain? I mean at some point, doesn’t the need to have 50% federal funding for internships go away?
SEC. 175. HIGH EFFICIENCY GAS TURBINE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEMONSTRATION. (A) IN GENERAL The Secretary of Energy shall carry out a multiyear, multiphase program of research, development, and technology demonstration to improve the efficiency of gas turbines used in combined cycle power generation systems and to identify the technologies that ultimately will lead to gas turbine combined cycle efficiency of 65 percent. (E) COST SHARING Section 988 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16352) shall apply to an award of financial assistance made under this section. (G) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary for carrying out this section $65,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2014. REMARKS: $260,000,000. How can anyone look at this monstrosity of legislation and not see it for the heavy tax hit that it will be?
SEC. 184. CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT FUND (A) ESTABLISHMENT There is established in the Treasury of the United States a revolving fund, to be known as the “Clean Energy Investment Fund”, consisting of – Such amounts as are deposited in the Fund under this subtitle; and Such sums as may be appropriated to supplement the Fund. (B) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Fund such sums as are necessary to carry out this subtitle.
REMARKS: Another blank check. Given to Secretary Geithner. Is this giving anyone “agita”?
SEC. 196. CLEAN TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS COMPETITION GRANT PROGRAM. (A) IN GENERAL The Secretary of Energy is authorized to provide grants to organizations to conduct business competitions that provide incentives, training, and mentorship to entrepreneurs, including minority owned and woman-owned, and early stage start-up companies throughout the United States to meet high priority economic, environmental, and energy security goals in areas to include energy efficiency, renewable energy, air quality, water quality and conservation, transportation, smart grid, green building, and waster management…… (B) ELIGILBILITY An organization eligible for a grant under subsection (A) is Any organization described in section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1086 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such code……. (D) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS For the purpose of carrying out this section, there are authorized to be appropriated $20,000,000. REMARKS: Another $20,000,000. Let’s stop here for a moment and reflect on who is going to be getting federal assistance or grants so far – auto industry, electric companies, automobile manufacturers, businesses. Any mention yet of the hard working middle class? Nope, not yet. Know why? Because we are the ones who are going to have to cough up these exorbitant amounts. 501(c)3 organizations – ACORN?
SEC. 197. NATIONAL BIOENERGY PARTNERSHIP (A) IN GENERAL The Secretary of Energy shall establish a National Bioenergy Partnership to provide coordination among programs of State governments, the Federal Government, and the private sector that the support the institutional and physical infrastructure necessary to promote the deployment of sustainable biomass fuels and bioenergy technologies for the United States. (C) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to carry out this section--- $5,000,000 to be allocated among the 5 regions… $2,500,000 to be allocated equally among the 5 regions for region-wide activities, including technical assistance and regional studies and coordination REMARKS: $375,000,000. What can you say? Spending like drunken sailors (my apologies to present or former members of the Navy) on shore leave. Congress needs to be given their pink slips. New blood, that’s what Congress needs. Career politicians out! New, free-thinking, candidates with a strong moral compass, and an understanding of fiscal responsibility. Let the search for them begin NOW!
SEC. 319. OFFICE OF CONSUMER ADVOCACY (A) OFFICE There is established within the Commission an Office of Consumer Advocacy to serve as an advocate for the public interest. The Office may – Represent the interests of energy customers – Monitor and review customer complaints and grievances on matters concerning rates or service of public utilities (D) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as necessary to carry out this section. REMARKS: Another blank check – but this one, at least, establishes a consumer advocacy to handle “the public” issues with rates or service. Is the check blank because they know that there will be a whole lot of “the public” filing complaints? Because they can’t anticipate the level of grievances with utility rates. This section might as well say that your rates are going up, but we will have a consumer advocate you can complain to. Thanks for nothing.
SEC. 199. DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION FOR RENEWABLE POWER BORROWING AUTHORITY (D) AUTHORIZATION $25,000,000 is authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2010 to carry out the provisions of this section. REMARKS: $25,000,000. Are we bouncing checks yet? If we aren’t, it is only a matter of time!
SEC. 304. GREATER ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BUILDING CODES (A) IN GENERAL There shall be established national energy efficiency building codes under this subsection, for residential and commercial building, sufficient to meet each of the national building code energy efficiency requirements. (C) STATE ADOPTION OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDING CODES Not later than 1 year after a national energy building code for residential or commercial buildings is established or revised under subsection (b), each State shall Review and update the provisions of its building code regarding energy efficiency to meet or exceed the target met in the new national code….. (E) STATE ENFORCEMENT OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDING CODES. Each State, or where applicable under State law each local government, shall implement and enforce applicable State or local codes…. The State has developed a plan, including for hiring enforcement staff, providing training, providing manuals and checklists, and instituting enforcement programs….. (I) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Energy $25,000,000 and such additional sums as may be necessary to provide enforcement of a national energy efficiency building code, for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2020, and such sums thereafter as may be necessary to support the purposes of this section. REMARKS: $525,000,000. Also note that in section E, the State has to provide training has to do hiring for enforcement staff, provide manuals, checklists, etc – which is going to cost every state. How much of a financial burden this will place on states remains to be seen, and there will no doubt be some states that may be hit harder than others.
SEC. 202. BUILDING RETROFIT PROGRAM (B) ESTABLISHMENT The Administrator shall develop and implement, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, standards for a national energy and environmental building retrofit policy for single-family and multi-family residences. (C) PURPOSE The purpose of the REEP (Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance) program is to facilitate the retrofitting of existing buildings across the United States to achieve maximum cost-effective energy efficiency improvements and significant improvements in water use and other environmental attributes. (D) HISTORIC BUILDINGS Notwithstanding subparagraphs (A) and (B), a building in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places shall be eligible for awards under this paragraph in amounts up to 120 percent of the amounts set forth in subparagraphs…… AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated for the purposes of this section, for each of fiscal years 2010,2011,2012, and 2013 --- $50,000,000 to the Administrator for program administration…. $20,000,000 to the Secretary of Energy for program administrations costs. REMARKS: $70,000,000 per year for 4 years --$280,000,000. What really frosts me is that the federal government wants to make money available to retrofit historic buildings. What is the value of a historic building when it has the most modern of conveniences, including lighting, water fixtures, etc.? Does not the early, perhaps even primitive nature of those amenities contribute to the building’s historic value? If I walk into a structure that is over a century old, I fully expect to find it primitive by today’s standards. That, however, in no way diminishes the building’s value. By upgrading historic buildings, we are de-valuing them.
SEC. 203. ENERGY EFFICIENT MANUFACTURED HOMES (D) ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS To be eligible to receive a rebate described under paragraph (1), an owner of a manufactured home constructed prior to 1976 shall demonstrate to the applicable State agency that the total income of all members of the owner’s family does not exceed 200% of the Federal poverty level….. REMARKS: Here is a chart demonstrating the income levels that would be eligible – check the 200% column! NUMBER OF FAMILY MEMBERS 100% POVERTY LEVEL 200% POVERTY LEVEL 1 $ 10,830 $21,660 2 $14,570 $29,500 3 $18,310 $36,620 4 $22,050 $44,100 In theory, this is a good thing as there are many people who live in manufactured homes. However, there is no funding for this section, so while you may be eligible, I am not sure exactly where you would have to go to find funding.
SEC. 204. BUILDING ENERGY PERFORMANCE LABELING PROGRAM (A) ESTABLISHMENT The Administrator shall Establish a building energy performance labeling program with broad applicability to the residential and commercial markets to enable and encourage knowledge about building energy performance by owners and occupants and to inform efforts to reduce energy consumption nationwide; Consider existing programs, such as Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Stare program, the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index, and programs of the Department of Energy; Support the development of modern performance labels for residential and commercial buildings…… (J) PUBLIC OUTREACH The Secretary of Energy and the Administrator, in consultation with nonprofit and industry stakeholders with specialized expertise, and in conjunction with other energy efficiency public awareness efforts, shall establish a business and consumer education program to increase awareness about the importance of building energy efficiency…… (I) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated – To the Administrator $50,000,000 for implementation of this section for each fiscal year from 2010 through 2020 and To the Secretary of Energy $20,000,000 for implementation of this section for fiscal year 2010 and $10,000,000 for fiscal years 2011 through 2020. REMARKS: We are now assigning your private home an energy efficiency rating. This rating will most assuredly have an impact on your ability to sell your home in the future. It will equally impact your heir’s ability to sell your home. Total cost for this section - $770,000,000. Is your head about to explode? Mine is, but I am nowhere near done yet!!!
SEC. 205. TREE PLANTING PROGRAMS (C) PURPOSES The purpose of this section is to establish a grant program….. (D) GENERAL AUTHORITY The Secretary is authorized to provide financial, technical and related assistance….. (G) COST SHARE PROGRAM The Federal share of support for projects funded under this section shall not exceed 50 percent of the cost of such projects and shall be provided on a matching basis. (J) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are hereby authorized for to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for the implementation of this section. REMARKS: As any homeowner can attest, the cost of purchasing trees for their property does not come cheap. And here we are, once again Congress is authorizing a blank check. What are these people thinking? I have come to believe that since the lead proponent has had a rather lackluster history in the Congress, he is striving to “leave his mark” on America – for my money it is the “mark of the devil”…. As you will see later, this one bill alone has the potential to virtually bankrupt America. Taxpayers are their money supply – how much more are you willing to sacrifice to the idiots in Washington who have no regard whatsoever for fiscal responsibility? It is time to look for new candidates…. Ones who have integrity have demonstrated their strong moral compass, ones who take the Constitution seriously….. Time to give the Congress their pink slip! They have done harm to this great country, they have harmed the taxpayers, and they have lined their own pockets while telling America to tighten their belts. Enough already!
SEC. 207. COMMUNITY BUILDING CODE ADMINISTRATION GRANTS (A) GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED Grant Authorization The Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development shall to the extent amounts are made available for grants under this section provide grants to local building code enforcement departments. IN GENERAL There are authorized to be appropriated $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014…. REMARKS: $100,000,000. Need I say more? This section lays out the States taking on the responsibility of upgrading existing building code requirements and maintaining the federal standards. The grants would serve to get the State programs up and running, but would not sustain them. So the States will be on their own after this grant funding ends. Mandating something and not providing continual funding for it, leaving the States on their own to find the funding. Absurd.
SEC. 211. LIGHTING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS REMARKS: All I am going to say is that if you are concerned at all about the changes to lighting fixtures and/or bulbs, you need to read this. As someone who has a pole lamp with a 3-way bulb so that I can do my reading or needlepoint in the evenings, I have to say that I will not be able to have the lighting I require. You read it and you decide for yourselves…….
SEC. 212. OTHER APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS REMARKS: This section addresses the various standards that will affect water dispensers that have the large bottle on top with hot/cold dispensing levers, holding cabinets for food in various food establishments, and for spas. Personally, I have none of the above items, but some of you might. For sure there is a very strong likelihood that we frequent a restaurant that may have a food holding cabinet – in that case, more stringent requirements for those cabinets will result in a higher price to us as consumers. Thankfully, this section does not have any appropriation of funds.
SEC. 213. APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY DETERMINATIONS AND PROCEDURES REMARKS: This section addresses the issue of energy efficiency for clothes washers, dishwashers, showerheads, faucets, water closets, urinals, televisions, etc. It provides for determination of their efficiency, but does not have an attached appropriation.
SEC. 214. BEST-IN-CLASS APPLIANCES DEPLOYMENT PROGRAM (A) IN GENERAL Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy, in consultations with the Administrator, shall establish a program to be known as the “Best-in-Class Appliances Deployment Program” to – Provide bonus payments to retailers or distributors under subsection (c) for sales of best-in-class high-efficiency household appliance models, high-efficiency installed building equipment, and high-efficiency consumer electronics, with the goal of reducing life-cycle costs for consumers, encouraging innovation, and maximizing energy savings and public benefit; Provide bounties under subsection (d) to retailers and manufacturers for the replacement, retirement, and recycling of old, inefficient, and environmentally harmful products; (B) DESIGNATION OF BEST-IN-CLASS PRODUCT MODELS IN GENERAL The Secretary of Energy shall designate product models of appliances, equipment, or electronics as “Best-in-Class” product models….. The Secretary shall identify commercially available models in the relevant class of products….. (C) BONUSES FOR SALES OF BEST-IN-CLASS PRODUCTS IN GENERAL The Secretary of Energy shall make bonus payments to retailers or, as provided in paragraph (5)(b), distributors for the sale of Best-in-Class products. For the years 2011 through 2013, the Secretary shall make bonus payments to manufacturers of the products designated in paragraph (4)(A) for each product produced in the following amounts: $75 for each dishwasher $250 for each clothes washer $200 for each refrigerator or refrigerator-freezer $250 for each clothes dryer $200 for each cooking product (K) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated $600,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2011 through 2013 to the Secretary of Energy for purposes of this section, and such sums as may be necessary for subsequent fiscal years.
REMARKS: Okay, peeps! You are looking at a government list of products that you should be buying. In this section, you are looking at government-sponsored pressure to buy products from the list. You are looking at retailers pushing the items on the list. You are looking at government support of some private-sector manufacturers. You are looking at rebates to retailers and wholesalers and nothing for the consumer. You are looking at government advocating for the purchase of “some” products. You are looking at a lobbyist dream come true – and if you don’t see lobbyist lines forming right now your eyes are not open! Does anyone out there honestly believe that there will be no GE products on this list? I don’t. And since it is up to the secretary to make the determination of what appliances qualify, do you see any opportunity for corruption? Do you see any possibility that a spot on this list could be bought? Do you see that these rebates apply to everyone but the consumer? The consumer is left out in the cold with this section. Retailers, distributors, and to some extent manufacturers will receive rebates but there is no mention of a rebate for consumers. I speak from personal experience when I say that when a refrigerator or a clothes washer has broke beyond repair, that replacing them was often based on affordability at the time. While I am sure we would all like to be using highly energy efficient appliances, I am equally sure that for some of us, the higher price tag on those models eliminated them from our purchasing options. Now we have the federal government virtually advertising for some companies. Does anyone think that GE appliances will not make the cut for this list? Realistically, I don’t. I imagine that GE products (and the products they produce under other brand names) will dominate in the area of household appliances. Now let’s talk appropriations. Three years at $600,000,000. Where I come from that is $1,800,000,000. And that does not include the subsequent years. So $1,800,000,000+ is going to be awarded to manufactures and retailers. Where is the rebate for the consumer? Sure as shooting it is not here!
SEC. 215. WATERSENSE (A) IN GENERAL There is established within the Environmental Protection Agency a Water Sense program to identify and promote water efficient products, buildings and landscapes, and services in order to – Reduce water use Reduce the strain on water, wastewater, and storm water infrastructure Conserve energy used to pump, heat, transport, and treat water; and Preserve water resources for future generations…. (C) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated $7,500,000 for fiscal year 2010, $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2011, $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2012, and $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2013 and each year thereafter, adjusted for inflation, to carry out this section. REMARKS: We are looking at $8,750,000 through 2013 – with $50,000,000 for each year thereafter! How much more money is this bill going to spend before honest hard-working people who have to foot the bill for this stand up and say enough already! I’m there – heck, I was there 6 pages ago!!!!!! How about you? What is your personal breaking point?
SEC. 217. EARLY ADOPTER WATER EFFICIENCY PRODUCT INCENTIVE PROGRAMS (G) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator to carry out this section $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2011, $150,000,000 for fiscal year 2012, $100,000,000 for 2013, and $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2014. REMARKS: $450,000,000,000. No comment here – I have had enough already! I am sick of these appropriations and mandates. I am sick of a Congress that can pass legislation without even reading it. In my mind, there is no one in Congress who is worthy of another term. Not one. Time to start beating the bushes looking for some new blood – people with fiscal responsibility, rather than people looking to line their pockets. People with values – not people who are overly impressed with the “power” of their position. People who are honest, respect the Constitution, respect the taxpayers….. The hunt is on!
SEC. 218. CERTIFIED STOVES PROGRAM (B) ESTABLISHMENT The Administrator shall establish and carry out a program to assist in the replacement of wood stoves or pellet stoves that do not meet the standards of performance referred to in subsection (a)(4). (D) FUNDING AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the program under this section $20,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. REMARKS: $100,000,000. There are a lot of people out there who use wood-burning stoves or pellet stoves for heat because they are less expensive than heating oil. Now we are out gunning for those stoves, in the name of environmental protection and/or energy efficiency – with no regard whatsoever for the families that rely on these stoves as their only or primary source of heat in the winter. For my money, this is $100,000,000 spent to screw the working poor and the struggling middle class. This section should be a serious embarrassment to the government that purports to seek energy efficiency and independence because what they did not state openly was that it would screw the people who have had to struggle and find alternatives on their own. For this section to get my support, it would have to sentence Congressman Waxman to a sentence of 5 years in Alaska without any other means of keeping warm. After 5 years, he could tell me then that it was essential. If he hadn’t frozen to death yet because he didn’t have a clue how to chop wood or use a pellet stove. Then and only then would I even begin to remotely consider this section worthy for inclusion in an energy bill. Hard woman? You bet your sweet bananas I am – I demand proof, I demand that these idiots in Washington put themselves through the test to determine the validity of this kind of legislation, I demand that my representative truly represent me – that means reading the bill before voting on it. That means putting themselves out there to demonstrate that they are willing to abide by the changes they are mandating for the rest of America. To date, I can‘t say that I have seen one who is willing to do this. Time to give them pink slips, and additionally, I would also urge that in the future new representatives and/or senators look for opportunities to strip them of benefits, health care insurance, retirement perks, and anything else that they have gone and helped themselves to. They are unworthy! Time for new blood!
SEC. 210. ENERGY STAR STANDARDS (B) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the amendments made by this section $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2010 and each fiscal year thereafter. REMARKS: $5,000,000 with no end date. How much could this cost? Isn’t the lack of an end date paramount to a blank check?
SEC. 821. GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION STANDARDS FOR MOBILE SOURCES REMARKS: This section addresses nonroad vehicles. It places standards on them, which could impact any rural owners who use these vehicles to manage their property, farming, ranching functions. It also would impact the occasional user who had these vehicles for enjoyment.
SEC. 822. SMARTWAY TRANSPORTATION EFFICIENCY PROGRAM (A) IN GENERAL There is established within the Environmental Protection Agency a Smart Way Transport Program to quantify, demonstrate, and promote the benefits of technologies, products, fuels, and operational strategies that reduce petroleum consumption….. (E) EASTABLISHMENT OF FINANCING PROGRAM The Administrator shall establish a Smart Way Financing Program to competitively award funding to eligible entities identified by the Administrator….. (H) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS Such sums as necessary are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator to carry out this section.
REMARKS: Another blank check. How many is that so far? 3? 4? 6? 8? Getting tired of these blank checks yet? I know that I am. I also am tired of seeing funding for vehicle manufactures, appliance manufactures and retailers, low income housing residents……. Where is the break for the average middle class American? I have seen breaks for people at 150% of the poverty level, and even 200% of the poverty level…. BUT WHERE IS THE BREAK FOR THE AVERAGE HARD WORKING MIDDLE CLASS STIFF WHO DOESN”T FALL INTO THOSE CATEGORIES???
SEC. 242. ELECTRIC AND THERMAL WASTE ENERGY RECOVERY AWARD PROGRAM (A) ELECTRIC AND THERMAL WASTE ENERGY RECOVERY AWARDS The Secretary of Energy shall establish a program to make monetary awards to the owners and operators of new and existing energy generation facilities or thermal energy production facilities…… (D) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Energy such sums as are necessary for the purposes of this section. REMARKS: Another blank check.
SEC. 347. MOTOR EFFICIENCY REBATE PROGRAM (A) ESTABLISHMENT Not later than January 1, 2010, in accordance with subsection (b), the Secretary shall establish a program to provide rebates for expenditures made by entities….. (C) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, to remain available until expended --- $80,000,000 for fiscal year 2011 $75,000,000 for fiscal year 2012 $70,000,000 for fiscal year 2013 $65,000,000 for fiscal year 2014 $60,000,000 for fiscal year 2015 REMARKS: $350,000,000 Enough said.
SEC. 27. CLEAN ENERGY MANUFACTURING REVOLVING LOAN FUND PROGRAM (A) PURPOSES The purposes of this section are as follows: To develop the long-term manufacturing capacity of the United States To create jobs through the retolloing and expansion of manufacturing facilities to produce clean energy technology products and energy efficient products To improve the long-term competitiveness of domestic manufacturing facilities (G) GRANT PROGRAM Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this section the Secretary shall establish a program under which the Secretary shall award grants to states to establish revolving loan funds to provide loans to small and medium-sized manufacturers to finance the cost of Reequipping, expanding, or establishing (including applicable engineering costs) a manufacturing facility in the United States to produce – Clean energy technology products Energy efficient products Integral component parts of clean energy technology products or energy efficient products……. (E) REPAYMENT UPON RELOCATION OUTSIDE UNITED STATES IN GENERAL If a person receives a loan under paragraph (1) to finance the cost of reequipping, expanding, or establishing a manufacturing facility as described in subsection (c)(1)(A) or to reduce the energy intensity of a manufacturing facility and such person relocates the production activities of such manufacturing facility outside the United States during the term of the loan, the recipient shall replay such loan in full with interest as described in clause (ii) and for a duration described in clause (iii). (G) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $15,000,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 and 2011. REMARKS: $30,000,000,000. If this bill is not going to drive business overseas, why is it providing for just that occurrence? This tells me that the author of this bill realizes that the restrictions and regulations this bill places on manufacturing will, in fact, drive these businesses to either close shop all together or to relocate to a country which is more business-friendly. At a time when our economy is so messed up, can we truly afford to hamstring businesses that are still operating and still employing people? Not to my way of thinking. This demonstrates to me that the author has no regard for the survival of businesses or the continued employment of Americans. Time to pink slip the author and find a viable candidate who recognizes the need for businesses and recognizes the value to America of having her people employed. Time to look for someone new – someone who firmly believes in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the right of Americans to expect better from her government.
SEC. 247. CLEAN ENERGY AND EFFICIENCY MANUFACUTRING PARTNERSHIPS (C) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Commerce for the Hollings Manufacturing Partnership Program authorized under sections 25 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 278k) of such act (15 U.S.C. 278l) – $200,000,000 for fiscal year 2010; $250,000,000 for fiscal year 2011; $300,000,000 for fiscal year 2012; $350,000,000 for fiscal year 2013; and $400,000,000 for fiscal year 2014. REMARKS: $1,500,000,000. What can you say to that? More taxes…..
SEC. 261. PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS Section 399A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6371h-1)is amended – In subsection (f)(3)(A) by striking “$1,000,000” and inserting “$2,500,000”; and In subsection (i)(1), by striking $250,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2009 through 2013 and inserting “$250,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2015.” REMARKS: The fact that Congress can go back and amend previous legislation is the only positive thing I can say about this whole bill. This section will result in an additional $1,500,000. Like I said, we can go back and fix things, but it is better not to put new congressmen in the position of having to repair poorly written, extremely costly, grossly detrimental legislation. With an eye to the future, I want a new congressman to have some time to familiarize himself/herself with congressional procedures, committee functions and writing new legislation before making him/her write legislation to nullify legislation that was written badly, excessively funded, and harmful to our industrial sectors and the citizens those businesses employ.
SEC. 264. LOW INCOME COMMUNITY ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM (A) IN GENERAL The Secretary of Energy is authorized to make grants to private, nonprofit, mission driven community development organizations including community development corporations and community development financial institutions to provide financing to businesses and projects that improve energy efficiency; identify and develop alternative, renewable, and distributed energy supplies; provide technical assistance and promote job and business opportunities for low-income residents; and increase energy conservation in low income rural and urban communities. (B) GRANTS The purpose of such grants is to increase the flow of capital and benefits to low income communities, minority-owned and woman-owned businesses and entrepreneurs and other projects and activities located in low income communities in order to reduce environmental degradation, foster energy conservation and efficiency and create job and business opportunities for local residents. (C) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS For the purposes of this section there is authorized to be appropriated $50,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2015. REMARKS: $300,000,000. So far, I have seen support for businesses, support for utility companies, support for automobile manufacturers, support for low income families, minority and woman owned businesses, but I can’t honestly say that I have seen anything for the middle class family with an income of $35,000 to $60,000. Wait! I take that back! They are giving “the public” (and that includes middle class families) with a consumer advocacy program where we can lodge grievances about utility rates and service ---- no financial relief from the increases that will result from this bill, not just in utility rates but also in the increase in cost of manufactured goods as well as food products that require transportation. Manufacturers will not be eating the cost increases, nor will food growers, processors eat the cost increase in transporting their food stuffs to market. In other words, middle class America is screwed – by our government, by our utility companies, by manufacturers, by agricultural producers, and food processors.
SEC. 265. CONSUMER BEHAVIOR RESEARCH (A) IN GENERAL The Secretary of Energy is authorized to establish a research program to identify the factors affecting consumer actions to conserve energy and make improvements in energy efficiency….. (D) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section. REMARKS: Another blank check. Is anyone else out there starting to see a very scary pattern here? These blank checks have the potential to totally bankrupt our county.
SEC. 272. NATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY GOALS (A) GOALS The energy efficiency goals of the United States are – To achieve an improvement in the overall energy productivity of the United States …. To maintain that annual rate of improvement…. (B) PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT AND COMMENT The Secretary shall develop the plan in a manner that provides appropriate opportunities for public input and comment. REMARKS: So they are giving the public opportunity to provide input and comment. But no where does it say that they have to listen. So if we “comment” that this bill is costing us more money (in utility rates or taxes), that this bill is doing more harm than good, there is nothing in this bill so far that makes Congress have to pay attention to our comments. In other words, they are going to give us an opportunity to protest but they have no obligation to do a darned thing about changing or resolving our concerns, comments, etc. Typical of Congress, which has come to believe that they are above reproach by the citizens, regardless of which side of the aisle they are on. They are immune to any rebukes, and feel free to carry on in whatever manner they choose, regardless of our sense of things. Another reason to give them their pink slips and put in some qualified people who believe in the Constitution, have strong moral compasses (in lieu of their political compasses!), and who are willing to serve the people – that is the true measure of a Congressman or Senator. Does he/she SERVE the people, or tolerate them?
SEC. 273. AFFILIATED ISLAND ENERGY INDEPENDENCE (A) DEFINITIONS In this section : The term “affiliated island means – The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico: Guam American Samoa The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands The Republic of the Marshall Islands The Republic of Palau The United States Virgin Islands (F) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section. REMARKS: Another blank check. With all the proposed changes being made all at once and all the costs involved, is it absolutely necessary to include these islands when the “mainland” can’t afford to do it all themselves all at once? For my money, the scope of this bill is too big, the spending is too much, and the relief for working class people who do not qualify for low-income subsidies or rebates is non-existent.
SEC. 272. PRODUCT CARBON DISCLOSURE PROGRAM (A) EPA Study (B) DEVELOPMENT OF NATION CARBON DISCLOSURE PROGRAM (E) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator $5,000,000 for the study required by subsection (a) and $25,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2025 for the program required under subsection (b). REMARKS: $400,005,000,000. Anyone else had enough yet?
SEC. 275. INDUSTRIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY EDUCATION (A) IN GENERAL The Secretary of Energy shall carry out a national education and awareness program for the purpose of informing building, facility, and industrial plant owners and managers and decision-makers, government leaders, and industry leaders about the large energy saving potential…… (B) PURPOSE AND GOALS The purpose of the initiative shall be to increase the energy efficiency….. The goals of the initiative shall be to educate and motivate commercial building owners and industrial facility managers……. (D) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated $3,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to carry out this section. REMARKS: $14,000,000,000.
SEC. 285. ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM FOR MULTIFAMILY HOUSING PROJECTS ASSISTED WITH PROJECT-BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE (A) AUTHORITY For multifamily housing projects for which project-based rental assistance is provided……the Secretary shall carry out a program to demonstrate the effectiveness….. (B) GOALS The demonstration program under this section shall be carried out in a manner that Protect the financial interests of the Federal Government; Reduces the proportion of funds provided by the Federal Government and by owners and residents of multifamily housing projects that are used for costs of utilities…. Encourages energy efficiency and conservation by owners and residents….. Creates incentives for project owners to carry out such energy efficiency renovations and improvements……. (J) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, including providing rent adjustments, additional project rental assistance, and incentives, $50,000,000 for each fiscal year in which the demonstration program under this section is carried out. REMARKS: Okay. Multifamily housing is getting a break. This section provides for rent adjustments, maximum rent schedules, utility allowances, etc. Once again, we are seeing very low income and low income families getting some relief from the cost of this bill. Again we see the property owners getting relief from the cost of this bill. There is no relief yet specifically aimed at the middle class homeowner. This bill is a joke, but I am not laughing. $50,000,000. For each year. How many years will this take? 5? 10? 20? $5,000,000,000? $15,000,000,000? Basically, while this section allocates a specific amount of funding, the term of that funding is left open. What were these people thinking? They weren’t thinking…..
SEC. 289. ENERGY-EFFICIENT MORTGAGES AND LOCATION EFFICIENT MORTGAGES EDUCATION ANF OUTREACH CAMPAIGN (A) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this subsection $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. REMARKS: $25,000,000
SEC. 292. MORTGAGE INCENTIVES FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT MULTIFAMILY HOUSING REMARKS: There is no appropriation for this section, although it lists as incentives discounts on premiums for mortgage insurance, allowing mortgages to exceed the dollar amount limits otherwise applicable, reducing the amount that owner is required to contribute. Maybe they think money grows on trees and they can just walk outside and pluck the funding that these incentives would require……
SEC. 123. RESIDENTIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY BLOCK GRANT (A) IN GENERAL To the extent amounts are made available for grants under this section, the Secretary shall makes grants….. (H) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There is authorized to be appropriated for grants under this section $2,500,000,000 for fiscal year 2010 and such sums as may be necessary for each fiscal year thereafter. REMARKS: $2,500,000,000 and more (no mention of how much) as required in subsequent years. It’s a blank check for any years after 2010. How many additional years will this funding be required? 2? 5? 10? 20? Who knows! Certainly Congress doesn’t have a clue at all or else they would have extended this section’s funding for a few more years with options of ending funding if goals were met or extending funding if goals were not met. How stupid is this? Another great example of why we should be beating the bushes in search of new candidates for office who have strong moral compasses, fiscal responsibility, and are willing to follow the precepts set down in the Constitution.
SEC. 298. GRANT PROGRAM TO INCREASE SUSTAINABLE LOW-INCOME COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CAPACITY (A) IN GENERAL The Secretary may make grants to nonprofit organizations to use for…. Training, educating, supporting or advising an eligible community development organization or qualified youth service and conservation corps…… Providing loans, grants, or predevelopment assistance to eligible community development organizations or qualified youth service and conservation corps to carry out energy efficiency improvements…. (F) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each fiscal years 2010 through 2014.
REMARKS: $50,000,000. Money going to ACORN? Money for youth service or youth conservation corps? If you were wondering about the impressing of your children into a youth service corps then listen up! We will be making funding available to those youth service corps….. But I have to ask – are there even any youth service corps out there? Or are they coming? Are they coming and here is funding? This is one scary section for my money.
SEC. 299A. CONSIDERATION OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS IN APPRAISALS (B) APPRAISER CERTIFICATION AND LICENSING (F) REQUIREMENTS FOR APPRAISERS REGARDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY FEATURES REMARKS: No funding required for this section, but this is where they are making changes to current laws and regulations regarding appraisals. This won’t mean a thing to you until you decide to sell your home…. Then look out!!!!! Homes being sold will be required to meet energy efficiency standards and homes that don’t will be required to bring the home up to standards prior to its sale. The changes required could be new windows, new roof, new water heater, new plumbing fixtures, etc….. all of this in a market where property values have plummeted…… Thanks, Washington – let me bend over and grab my ankles…..
SEC. 200D. LOANS TO STATES AND INDIAN TRIBES TO CARRY OUT RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES ACTIVITIES (A) ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FUND (B) EXPENDITURES Loans to States and Indian Tribes in general – The Secretary shall use amounts in the Fund to provide loans to States and Indian Tribes to provide incentives to owners of single-family and multifamily housing, commercial properties, and public housing to provide – Renewable energy sources for such structures, such as wind, wave, solar, biomass, or geothermal energy sources…..including incentives to companies and business to change their source of energy to such renewable energy….. (F) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There is authorized to be appropriated to the Fund $5,000,000,000. REMARKS: $5,000,000,000. Need I say more?
SEC. 299G. PUBLIC HOUSING ENERGY COST REPORT (A) COLLECTION OF INFORMATION BY HUD (B) REPORT REMARKS: There will be reporting by HUD on the cost of energy for public housing – but nowhere is there mention of reporting on the costs of energy to single family homes. In other words, if you have a single family home you are SOL – no reports will be made on how your energy costs have risen. But if you are a very low, or low income occupant in public housing, Congress will be kept informed of your costs and any increases. This bill is discriminatory – there is no regard whatsoever for middle class, working class Americans but every effort is being made to keep an eye on energy costs for low income. Doesn’t the middle class deserve at the very least the same concern for their rising costs? Additionally, where does the funding for public housing, rent subsidies, et al come from? From the taxes the working class pays…… The scales are tipped against you if you are an average hard working middle class American family – you not only pick up the tab for the housing subsidies but you also are compelled to deal with your own rising energy costs as well. Congress should be ashamed – and replaced!
SEC. 299H. SECONDARY MARKET FOR RESIDENTIAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LEASE INSTRUMENTS (A) PURPOSES The purposes of this section are – To encourage residential use of renewable energy systems by minimizing up-front costs and providing immediate utility cost saving to consumers through leasing of such systems to home owners: To encourage energy-efficient residential construction and rehabilitation: To encourage the use of renewable resources by homeowners To reduce consumer utility costs REMARKS: Here we go! The homeowner is at last getting some props. But wait! Read it. The Congress is trying to provide a means for you to LEASE systems such as solar, wind, etc. Why do they want to promote the leasing of these systems? BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO FREAKING EXPENSIVE FOR US TO BUY OUTRIGHT!!!!!!!
SEC. 299I. GREEN GUARANTEES (A) AUTHORITY TO GUARANTEE “GREEN PORTION” OF ELIGIBLE MORTGAGES In General – The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may make commitments to guarantee under this section and may guarantee the repayment of the portions of the principal obligation of eligible mortgages that are used to finance eligible sustainable building elements for the housing that is subject to the mortgage. (H) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There is authorized to be appropriated for costs (as such term is defined in section 502 of the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 (2 U.S.C. 661a) of guarantees under this section $500,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. REMARKS: $2,500,000,000.
SEC. 701. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE (A) FINDINGS The Congress finds as follows – Global warming poses a significant threat to the national security, economy, public health and welfare….. Reviews of scientific studies, …..demonstrate that global warming is the result of the combined anthropogoenic greenhouse gas emissions from numerous sources…. That many of these effects and risks of future effects of global warming are widely shared does not minimize the adverse effects….. That some of the adverse and potentially catastrophic effects of global warming are at risk of occurring and not a certainty…… Nations of the world look to the United States for leadership in addressing the threat of and harm from global warming…. Global warming and its adverse effects are occurring and are likely to continue and increase in magnitude……unless the Safe Climate Act is fully implemented and enforced in an expeditious manner. (B) PURPOSE It is the general purpose of the Safe Climate Act to help prevent, reduce the pace of, mitigate, and remedy global warming and its adverse effects. REMARKS: I’m sorry, people – I take issue with all of this section. The scientific community is DIVIDED on this. There are as many people saying it’s true as there are saying that it is false. There is no concensus on this issue. Al Gore running around on a stage screaming that “Global Warming is going to destroy the planet” is not my idea of sound scientific evidence. This bill purports to greatly reduce American dependency on foreign oil, and that is something I can get behind. I do not believe that the findings of Congress are accurate, as the scientific community is divided on those very findings.
SEC. 703. REDUCTION TARGETS FOR SPECIFIED SOURCES REMARKS: This section lays out the various “cap” levels on greenhouse gas emissions for each calendar year.
SEC. 705. REVIEW AND PROGRAM RECOMMENDATIONS (C) LATEST SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION The analysis required under subsection (a)(1) shall – Address existing scientific information and reports, considering, to the greatest extent possible, the most recent assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, reports by the United States Global Change Research Program, the Natural Resources Climate Change Adaptation Panel…. and Federal agencies, and the European Union’s global temperature data assessment…. (G) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary. REMARKS: Another blank check. Not only does this section require an unknown amount of funding, but we are now going to be basing decisions on the European Union’s data assessment. I’m sorry, but I have no faith in any of the sources of data for this. The scientific community is not in agreement about Climate Change, and that being said, I wonder how much of this bill is really another stimulus package in disguise.
SEC. 706. NATIONAL ACADEMY REVIEW (A) IN GENERAL Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this title, the Administrator shall offer to enter into a contract with the National Academy of Sciences (in this section referred to as the ‘Academy”) under which the Academy shall, not later than July 1, 2014, and every 4 years thereafter, submit to Congress and the Administrator a report……. (E) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary. REMARKS: Another blank check.
SEC. 721. EMISSION ALLOWANCES REMARKS: This establishes allowances or credits that may be used to offset part of an entity’s emissions.
SEC. 722. PROHIBITION OF EXCESS EMISSIONS REMARKS: Just what it says.
SEC. 723. PENALTY FOR NONCOMPLIANCE REMARKS: Establishes penalties for not complying with emission restrictions.
SEC. 724. TRADING REMARKS: This establishes the guidelines for trading emission allowances.
SEC. 725. BANKING AND BORROWING REMARKS: This section lays out regulations regarding the “banking” and/or borrowing of emission allowances.
SEC. 726. STRATEGIC RESERVE REMARKS: This section lays out a reserve of emission allowance credits, which can be auctioned off and no entity may purchase at auction over 20% of the amount of credits being auctioned at that time.
SEC. 732. ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFSETS PROGRAM REMARKS: Just what it says.
SEC. 737. ISSUANCE OF OFFSET CREDITS REMARKS: Just what it says.
SEC. 752. FINDINGS Congress finds that – As part of a global effort to mitigate climate change, it is in the national interest of the United States to assist developing countries to reduce and ultimately halt emissions from deforestation; Deforestation is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries…. Reducing emissions from deforestation is highly cost-effective, compared to many other sources of emissions reductions; In addition to contributing significantly to worldwide efforts to address global warming, assistance under this part will generate significant environmental and social cobenefits….. SEC. 754. REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL DEFORESTATION REDUCTION PROGRAM REMARKS: I lumped these together because in the first section it addresses the issue of deforestation and in the second, it lays out requirements to reduce international deforestation. This is where we decide that we need to help developing countries reduce deforestation and the resulting emissions. Can someone please tell me who we are that we should be telling developing countries that they can go ahead and develop but they can’t practice deforestation in the process? Who do we think we are? Is anyone surprised that China and India are not willing to be party to this? We grew as a nation, developed businesses, technology, raised the standard of living for working class citizens, and did it without regard for anything other than progress and prosperity. But now we are telling other countries that are doing the same to stop that and start paying attention to the environment and global warming? This section is hypocritical to say the least. If I were the head hauncho in India I wouldn’t agree to this either.
SEC. 783. ELECTRICITY CONSUMERS REMARKS: This section provides for allowances to electricity distributors and mandates that the allowances shall be used for the benefit of the ratepayers, not the company, corporation, or shareholders.
SEC. 784. NATURAL GAS CONSUMERS REMARKS: This section does the same as the previous but for natural gas ratepayers.
SEC. 785. HOME HEATING OIL, PROPANE, AND KEROSENE CONSUMERS REMARKS: This section does the same as the previous two sections but for home heating oil, propane, and kerosene ratepayers.
SEC. 787. ALLOCATIONS TO REFINERIES REMARKS: This section allocates emission allowances to petroleum refineries.
SEC. 788. SUPPLEMENTAL AGRICULTURE AND RENABLE ENERGY INCENTIVVES PROGRAMS REMARKS: This section provides for allowances to the agricultural sector.
SEC. 789. CLIMATE CHANGE CONSUMER REFUNDS (A) REFUND In each year after deposits are made to the Climate Change Consumer Refund Account, the Secretary of the Treasury shall provide tax refunds on a per capita basis to each household in the United States that shall collectively equal the amount deposited…….. (B) LIMITATIONS The Secretary of the Treasury shall establish procedures to ensure that individuals who are not – Citizens or nationals of the United States: or Immigrants lawfully residing in the United States are excluded for the purpose of calculations and distributing refunds under this section. REMARKS: This section finally offers some kind of relief to Americans for the increased costs they experience as a result of this bill. It is an open admission that there will be cost increases. Additionally, I find it interesting that while we are giving healthcare to illegal immigrants, this section specifically states that they would be exempt from these rebates. Then again, the rebates are in the form of a tax refund and if you don’t file taxes I guess that you are out of luck as far as getting another perk for being here illegally. Too bad they didn’t think about doing the same thing with the proposed healthcare reform bill. Additionally, there is no mention of how this account is to be funded.
SEC. 793. ESTABLISHMENT OF FUNDS There is hereby established in the Treasury of the United States the following separate accounts: The Climate Change Consumer Refund Account The Climate Change Worker Adjustment Assistance Fund REMARKS: Establishing accounts, but no funding provision listed.
SEC. 851. BLACK CARBON (B) INTERNATIONAL BLACK CARBON EMISSIONS Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator, in coordination with the Secretary of the State and other appropriate Federal agencies, shall transmit a report to Congress on the amount, type, and direction of all present United States financial, technical, and related assistance to foreign countries to reduce, mitigate, and otherwise abate black carbon emissions. The report required under paragraph (1) shall also identify opportunities and recommendations, including action under existing authorities, to achieve significant black carbon emission reduction in foreign countries…… REMARKS: Here we are assessing the performance of other countries in reducing emissions. Do we not have enough on our plate now? Who are we to assess other countries emission reduction? Exactly how far are we willing to go to attempt bending other sovereign nations to our perceived (and I use this word because again, we are basing this entire bill on the “perceived” dangers of global warming, which scientists world-wide are not in agreement with ), carbon emissions, deforestation, etc. Apparently, we are willing to pursue a variety of “strong arm pressure tactics”, including (but by no means limited to) providing technical assistance. Does this mean that other countries could be seeing reductions in our foreign aid? Entirely possible. With this bill, there is absolutely nothing that is not possible! We can strong-arm them with any means because this section provides no limitations on the “opportunities”.
SEC. 338. DAVIS-BACON COMPLAIANCE REMARKS: This section states that if you are going to receive emission allowances or funding through this bill that you better be in compliance with the David-Bacon Act which specifically sets standards for wages.
SEC. 360. PRESIDENTIAL REVIEW OF REGULATIONS Not later than 24 months after the date of enactment of the Act, the President shall review the offset regulations and derivatives regulations promulgated pursuant to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The President shall determine whether such regulations adequately protect the United States financial system from systemic risk. REMARKS: We are giving the President the opportunity to decide whether or not this bill, or its enforcement puts our financial system at risk. My question here would be how would he know? We have members of Congress who didn’t think Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac providing mortgages to people that were clearly mortgaged at a level that was unsustainable. Who is the President going to turn to for information? The Secretary of the Treasury, who couldn’t handle Turbo-Tax? The same gang that said we had to pass the massive Stimulus Bill to get the economy moving? Unemployment is on the rise. Stimulus spending is minimal. No stimulation. So where is he getting advice? Who is owed favors? What unions, what segment of industry is owed favors? This section allows the President to put a seal of approval on a bill that will, in fact, resulted in additional unemployment, higher consumer prices, and all the while middle class America foots the bill.
SEC. 766. UNITED STATES NEGOTIATING OBJECTIVES WITH RESPECT TO MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL NEGOTIOATIONS (A) IN GENERAL The negotiating objectives of the ‘United States with respect to multilateral environmental negotiations described in this subpart are – To reach an internationally binding agreement in which all major greenhouse gas-emitting countries contribute equally to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions; To include in such international agreement provisions that recognize and address the competitive imbalances ……. To include in such international agreement agreed remedies for any party to the agreement that fails to meet its greenhouse gas reduction obligations in the agreement. REMARKS: Strong-arming other nations to comply with our own ideals on gas emissions, carbon leakage, etc. This might have some merit if weren’t trying to foist OUR standards on the rest of the world, weren’t trying to promote OUR climate change agenda on the rest of the world, and weren’t providing a remedy for one party (to remain nameless – so is that them or us?). This smacks of an attempt to dictate to other sovereign nations what the United States feels is appropriate for them. Is there any wonder after reading this sections, other sections previously discussed, and all the other legislation that has been passed by the idiots in Washington in the past 20 – 50 years why the United States is hated? We have passed other bills over the years that have probably stipulated behavior for other sovereign nations. Where do we get off telling the rest of the world what they should do? This is arrogant – and it is just this arrogance that will cost us foreign allies and the support of our own citizens. Shame on you, bill author ---- you have done a grave disservice to Americans.
SEC. 421. CLEAN ENERGY CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT GRANTS (A) AUTHORIZATION The Secretary of Education is authorized to award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible partnerships to develop programs of study…. (F) USES OF FUNDS Grants awarded under this section shall be used for the development, implementation, and dissemination of programs of study…..
REMARKS: Sounds good but there is no funding provided for this section, so where is the moolah going to come from?
SEC. 422. INCREASED FUNDING FOR ENERGY WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM (A) Authorization Section 172(e)(8) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2916(e)(8) is amended by striking $125,000,000” and inserting “$150,000,000”. (C) AVAILABILITY OF AMOUNTS Subject to subtitle F of title IV, all amounts deposited into the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Worker Training Fund shall be available to the Secretary to carry out section 171 (e)(8) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2916(e)(8)) subject to further appropriations. REMARKS: Dumb question, but I am going to ask it anyway. What worker training program is this covering? Where are these worker trainees coming from? Who are they? What are they being trained to do? Why do we need to train workers – are there going to be more unemployed people? As near as I can tell, this section provides for a training program with no specifics regarding who is to be trained, how these trainees are to be selected, what kind of positions are they being trained for, and other questions. This is so not right...... All this and an additional expense of $25,000,000… This bill just goes on giving and giving….. to groups not clearly defined, to very low, low, and “moderate income” energy users, to car manufacturers, to utility (electric, propane, natural as, etc.) providers…… Don’t see a whole lot of credits or “giving” to the working middle class America…. Worth protesting? Oh hell, yeah.....
SEC. 426. PROGRAM BENEFITS (A) CLIMATE CHANGE ADJUSTMENT ALLOWANCE Eligibility Payment of a climate change adjustment allowance shall be made to an adversely affected worker….. Ineligibility An adversely affected worker receiving a payment under this section shall be ineligible to receive any other form of unemployment insurance….. Revocation If the Secretary determines that – The adversely affected worker has failed to begin participation in the training program the enrollment in which meets the requirements of paragraph (1)(c); Or has ceased to participate in such training program before completing such training program…. (B) EMPLOYMENT SERVICE AND TRAINING The Secretary shall make available, directly or through agreements with the States under section 427(a) to adversely affected workers covered…. Comprehensive and specialized assessment of skill levels and service needs Development of an individual employment plan to identify employment goals and objectives…. Information on training available in local and regional areas…. (C) ON-THE-JOB TRAINING REQUIREMENTS (D) ADMINISTRATIVE AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES (E) JOB SEARCH ALLOWANCES (F) RELOCATION ALLOWANCE AUTHORIZED (G) HEALTH INSURANCE CONTINUATION REMARKS: This section addresses workers who are adversely affected by this bill. We are looking at providing these workers on the job training, employment services, job search funding, relocation allowances, and health insurance continuation. I don’t know about you, but where I come from if this is going to provide all that, then that tells me that the author knows full well that this bill will have a negative impact on workers. So someone tell me this – is doing all that this bill is designed to do in one fell swoop worth the impact on workers, businesses, etc Wouldn’t it make more sense to tackle the issues of dependence on foreign oil and environment and/or /climate change/global warming separately? I just think that this bill is trying to do too much, and as a result, the costs will be too great – both in government spending and jobs. Wouldn’t it be better to pass a bill that addresses one or the other first, and then, when that bill has things under control move on to the next? I know as a wife and mother that there is a limit to how many things I can manage at one time. Given the fact that our federal government can’t effectively manage any of its programs with the same efficiency and care that any of us manage our affairs, does it not make more sense to tackle one part well – and when that part is under control then move on to the other parts? It makes sense to me – and its how most of us deal with issues in our lives. We assign priorities, and address issues based on their priority. We all know that trying to juggle too many things at once results in chaos. So why is our government taking this “gotta do it all and gotta do it all NOW” approach? This just accentuates the fact that our current legislators are over-ambitious, trying to make names for themselves, have not given thought to the full impact of addressing environmental concerns as well as dependence on foreign oil as an energy source at the same time. Take on one or the other, but attempting to both will wreak havoc on Americans – especially the working middle class who is going to be tagged for funding this bill as well as paying their own increased costs on goods and services. Shame on you, Congress. If I had my way, each one of you would be sent a highwayman’s mask, because what you are doing with this bill is nothing short of grand theft. Far as I am concerned, you all deserve to be hung like the highwaymen of old – you have robbed us, you have abused us, you have provided for businesses and financial institutions while doing it on the backs of the working man….. You all deserve to be replaced. There are no more than 15 of you in Washington who are honestly deserving of reelection. It is time to seriously search for new blood, new candidates, people with moral codes, values, honesty, integrity, and a strong respect for the Constitution.
SEC. 2201. ENERGY REFUND PROGRAM (A) IN GENERAL The Secretary shall formulate and administer the program provided for in this section, which shall be known as the “energy Refund Program”. And under which eligible low-income households are provided cash payments to reimburse households for the estimated loss in their purchasing power resulting from the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. (C) ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS A household shall be considered to be eligible for purposes of this section if – The gross income of the household does not exceed the greater of – 150 percent of the poverty line……. The state agency of the State in which the household is located determines that the household is participating in – The supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program… The Food Distribution Program… The household consists of a single individual or a married couple, and receive benefits under the supplemental security income program…….. (D) MONTHLY ENERGY REFUND AMOUNT REMARKS: Once again, there is provision for the very-low and low income families and nothing (zero, zilch, nada) for the rest of America who is struggling with rising unemployment, rising prices, rising energy and fuel costs, mortgage defaults….. yet while there are more Americans struggling with more issues, the refund program only addresses people at 150% of the poverty level – so while you guys out there are struggling to make ends meet, know that our government feels it is imperative to provide funding for people at or below 150% of the poverty level. For the rest of us, there does not appear to be any relief. If anything, the relief provided to the very low income households is provided with your tax dollars – so while you are feeling the pinch in your own household, your taxes are going to alleviate the pinch in other households. There is something very wrong with this. Our country does a “nice” thing by providing things like food stamps, SSI, Medicaid, but at some point, we need to tell the recipients that they need to get themselves up off that sofa, shut the television or radio, and go out there and find some kind of job!!! We can’t continue to provide an income for people who have taken no personal responsibility for themselves, or their families. It is time to say “that’s your family – you own it – you provide for it” because the more that the middle class is taxed to provide for the lower income households, the more middle class families will be joining the ranks of the “entitlement” population through no fault of their own. For you clarification, here is a chart demonstrating what those income levels would look like.
# FAMILY MEMBERS 100% POVERTY LEVEL 150%POVERTY LEVEL 1 $ 10,830 $ 16.245 2 $ 14,570 $ 21,855 3 $ 18,310 $ 27,465 4 $ 22,050 $ 33,075 Additionally, this section admits that there will be a loss of purchasing power. This loss of purchasing power is going to be felt across the board, as the cost of manufactured goods, food, utility costs will all be going up. But the relief provided in this section is provided only to very low income people. At what point does our government stop doing everything for some and nothing for the rest of us? This sounds to me like another entitlement, made in appeasement of campaign promises. Middle class people are being discriminated against by our government. Is this what the politicians feel is representation? Time for new candidates.
SEC. 432. MODIFICATION OF EARNED INCOME CREDIT AMOUNT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH NO QUALIFFYING CHILDREN REMARKS: This doubles the credit allowed on tax returns from $5,280 to $11,640. Somehow, with all the spending in this bill, I do not see how this can be anything than a universal increase in the deduction for every single taxpayer because it is based on a loss of purchasing power. That’s going to hit everyone – those living at the poverty level and those who are struggling with their middle class incomes.
SEC. 433. PROTECTION OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE TRUST FUNDS (A) OASDI TRUST FUNDS Section 201 of the Social Securirty Act (42 U.S.C. 401) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: The Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer from time to time to the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund, from amounts in the general fund of the Treasury that are not otherwise appropriated, such sums as the Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration calculates as necessary (and so certifies to such Secretary) for any fiscal year, on account of changes in the benefit costs and changes in tax revenue attributable to the provisions of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009….. REMARKS: Another admission by the bill’s writer that this mill will have far-reaching impacts -- both on the cost of benefits and changes in tax revenue.
SEC. 451. GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH AND DATA MANAGEMENT (B) GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH Purpose The purpose of this subsection is to provide for the continuation and coordination of a comprehensive and integrated United States observation, research, and outreach program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to the effects of human-induced and natural processes of global change. (E) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to appropriated to the Office of Science and Technology Policy for carrying out this paragraph $10,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2009 through 2014. REMARKS: $60,000,000. Enough said.
SEC. 467. CLIMATE CHANGE HEALTH PROTECTION AND PROMOTION FUND REMARKS: This provides for the creation of a fund but it does not authorize appropriations for it nor does it specify where the funding is to come from. Brilliant. Open a bank account and don’t put money in it and don’t tell anyone to transfer money from a previous account into it. What are these people smoking?
SEC. 476. NATURAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION STRATEGY REMARKS: This authorizes the President to develop a climate change strategy to protect, restore, and conserve natural resources to enable them to become more resilient, adapt to, and withstand the impacts of climate change.
SEC. 216A. TRANSMISSION PLANNING (B) AUTHORIZATION There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this paragraph. REMARKS: Another blank check.
SEC. 175. HIGH EFFICIENCY GAS TURBINE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND DEMONSTRATION (G) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary for carrying out this section $65,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2014. REMARKS: $260,000,000
SEC. 199. DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION FOR RENEWABLE POWER BORROWING AUTHORITY (D) AUTHORIZATION $25,000,000 is authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2010 to carry out the provisions of this section. REMARKS: $25,000,000 Enough said.
SEC. 207. COMMUNITY BUILDING CODE ADMINISTRATION GRANTS (F) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to carry out the provisions of this section. REMARKS: $1,000,000,000
SEC. 209. PROHIBITION OF RESTRICTIONS ON RESIDENTIAL INSTALLATION OF SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM REMARKS: This section allows the Secretary to Housing and Urban Development to prohibit homeowner association rules, covenants, etc. from impairing a homeowner or renter of installing constructing, or using a solar energy system. When you live in area that has covenants, those covenants can restrict paint color, flag displays, and a host of other things. It is a contract that you enter into upon purchasing or renting a property in the subdivision. Now the government is going to nullify part of that contract. Where in the Constitution is the federal government given the authority to nullify a contract made between two private parties? I can’t find that power anywhere in the Constitution. Rights are being trampled on here.
SEC. 217. EARLY ADOPTER WATER EFFICIENT PRODUCT INCENTIVE PROGRAM (G) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator to carry out this section $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2011, $150,000,000 for fiscal year 2012, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2013, and $50,000,000 for year 2014.
REMARKS: $450,000,000. This section provides for incentives for water efficient products, but it remains to be determined whether the local government, local water authority, water utilities, or the consumer. The way this bill has read so far, my money would be on everyone but the actual consumer.
SEC. 246. CLEAN ENERGY MANUFACTURING REVOLVING LOAN FUND PROGRAM (A) PURPOSE The purposes of this section are as follows: To develop the long-term manufacturing capacity of the United States; To create jobs through the retooling and expansion of manufacturing facilities to produce clean energy technology products and energy efficient products…… (E) REPAYMENT UPON RELOCATION OUTSIDE UNITED STATES (G) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $15,000,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 and 2011. REMARKS: $30,000,000,000. This section was added in the Amendments to the original bill. It tells me that by including a repayment demand upon relocation outside of the U.S. that the writer recognizes that this entire bill will, in fact, drive manufacturing and other businesses as well overseas. When you hamstring the ability of domestic production with emission “caps” you are inviting the producers to relocate to countries which are far more friendly to businesses that bring in jobs, revenues, etc. The relocation section also implies that distinct probability that there will be job losses as a result of this bill. At a time when joblessness is rising, businesses are closing, how wise is it to put restrictions on businesses that they can’t realistically continue to operate under? Maybe Congress should be subject to random drug testing…..
SEC. 247. CLEAN ENERGY AND EFFICIENCY MANUFACTURING PARTNERSHIPS (A) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Commerce…. $200,000,000 for fiscal year 2010; $250,000,000 for fiscal year 2011; $300,000,000 for fiscal year 2012; $350,000,000 for fiscal year 2013; and $400,000,000 for fiscal year 2014. REMARKS: $1,500,000,000
SEC. 265. CONSUMER BEHAVIOR RESEARCH (D) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section. REMARKS: Another blank check.
SEC. 275. INDUSTRIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY EDUCATION AND TRAINING INITIATIVE (B) PURPOSE AND GOALS Purpose The purpose of the initiative shall be to increase the energy efficiency of the commercial and industrial sectors….. Goals The goals of the initiative shall be – Preserve and create jobs while reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions….. (D) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated $3,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. REMARKS: $17,500,000. The goal of preserving (and creating) jobs indicates to me that there is clearly an understanding that this bill will, in fact, result in existing jobs being lost.
SEC. 283. IMPLEMENTATION OF ENERGY PARTICIPATION INCENTIVES FOR HUD PROGRAMS (B) REQUIREMENT FOR APPROPRIATION OF FUNDS The requirement under subsection (a) for the Secretary to provide annual energy efficiency participation incentives pursuant to the provisions of this subtitle shall be subject to the annual appropriation of necessary funds. REMARKS: Blank check time, once again.
SEC. 284. BASIC HUD ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS AND STANDARDS FOR ADDITIONAL CREDIT REMARKS: This section lays out the requirements for new construction of residential structures (single or multi-family) to have appropriate electrical outlets with the capacity for recharging a standard electric passenger vehicle, the establishment of Green Building Standards, and energy audits to be performed.
SEC. 285. ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM FOR MULTIFAMILY HOUSING PROJECTS ASSISTED WITH PROJECT-BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE (J) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, including providing rent adjustments, additional project rental assistance, and incentives, $50,000,000 for each fiscal year in which the demonstration program under this section is carried out. REMARKS: $50,000,000 per year for how many years? This section sets up a program to demonstrate to owners and residents that energy efficiency improvements can be cost-effective.
SEC. 286. ADDITIONAL CREDIT FOR FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC HOUSING GOALS FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT AND LOCATION-EFFICIENT MORTGAGES. SEC. 287. DUTY TO SERVE UNDERSERVED MARKETS FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT AND LOCATION-EFFICIENT MORTGAGES SEC. 292 MORTGAGE INCENTIVES FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT MULTIFAMILY HOUSING REMARKS: I grouped these 3 sections together because once again the government is dictating mortgage policy to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as other lenders. Isn’t this how we got into such a disaster in the housing market? Isn’t this what resulted in so many foreclosures – dictating mortgage approvals for people with insufficient income to support their payments? The government is doing the same thing again, this time, doing it under the guise of energy efficiency. Why can’t we learn the lesson of the past and stay the heck out of mortgage approval?
SEC. 123. RESIDENTIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY BLACK GRANT PROGRAM (E) ELIGIBLE ACTIVITES Amounts from a grant under this section may be used only to carry out activities for single-family or multifamily housing that are designed to improve the energy efficiency…., including such activities to provide energy for such housing from renewable sources, such as wind, waves, solar, biomass, and geothermal sources. (H) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There is authorized to be appropriated for grants under this section $2,500,000,000 for fiscal year 2010 and such sums as may be necessary for each fiscal year thereafter. REMARKS: Open ended appropriation.
SEC. 298. GRANT PROGRAM TO INCREASE SUSTAINABLE LOW-INCOME COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CAPACITY (A) IN GENERAL The Secretary may make grants to nonprofit organizations to use for… Training, educating, supporting, or advising an eligible community development organization or qualified youth service and conservation corps tin improving energy efficiency, resource conservation…. Providing loans, grants, or predevelopment assistance to eligible community development organizations or qualified you service and conservation corps…… (F) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. REMARKS: $50,000,000. Going to groups like ACORN? Going to qualified youth service? This appears, in a round about manner, to fund the youth community service in H.R. 1388.
SEC. 299D. LOANS TO STATES AND INDIAN STRIBES TO CARRY OUT RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES ACTIVITIES (F) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS There is authorized to be appropriated to the fund $5,000,000,000. REMARKS: $5,000,000,000
SEC. 299H. SECONDARY MARKET FOR RESIDENTIAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LEASE INSTRUMENTS (A) PURPOSE The purposes of this section are – To encourage residential use of renewable energy systems by minimizing up-front costs and providing immediate utility cost savings to consumers through leasing of such systems to homeowners; To encourage energy-efficient residential construction and rehabilitation; To encourage private investment in the green economy. REMARKS: This is to encourage you to “lease” a renewable energy system. Why? Because those systems are very costly, and in this economy with so much job insecurity most of us couldn’t even consider their purchase. As for encouraging investment in the green economy, I do not have money to invest – do you?
SEC. 761. PURPOSES (A) PURPOSES The purposes of this part are – To promote strong global effort to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions….. To prevent an increase in greenhouse gas emissions in countries other than the United States. REMARKS: We are setting ourselves up to police the international greenhouse gas emissions. Who are we to police anyone?
SEC. 765. INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS (B) STATEMENT OF POLICY It is the policy of the United States to work proactively under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change….. committing all major greenhouse gas-emitting nations to contribute equitably to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. REMARKS: We are going to work under the U.N. framework? When was the last time you saw the U.N. do anything at all or do it well? I can’t think of a thing.
SEC. 766. UNITED STATES NEGOTIATING OBJECTIVES WITH RESPECT TO MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL NEGOTIATIONS REMARKS: I lumped these sections together because they both will affect your purchasing power. How? By looking at imported goods to determine their emissions compared to the mandated emissions of comparable domestically produced goods, there will be future trade restrictions. If you can buy a computer game system made in China for $200 and one made in the U.S. is $400 and they are comparable but the Chinese product produces more emissions, the Chinese product will no longer be available. Therefore, your buying power will be reduced. Additionally, if we restrict that Chinese product’s import, the Chinese will no doubt retaliate with restrictions on our exports to them. We lose either way. Brilliant!
SEC. 422. INCREASED FUNDING FOR ENERGY WORKER TRAINING TRAINING PROGRAM (A) AUTHORIZATION Section 171 (e)(8) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2916(e)(8)) is amended by striking “$125,000,000” and inserting “$150,000,000”. SEC. 424. MONITORING PROGRAM EFFETIVENESS The Secretary of Labor shall monitor the potential growth of affected and displaced workers to ensure that the necessary funding continues to support the numbers of workers affected. REMARKS: There will be displaced workers, and that the Secretary of Labor will have to monitor the numbers of affected workers to make sure that the program is adequately funded. The change from $125,000,000 to $150,000,000 represents an additional expense of $25,000,000 but the option of additional funding is presented, so that this could represent far more money than the $25,000,000 increase.
SEC. 424A. GREEN CONSTRUCTION CAREERS DEMONSTRATION REMARKS: This is to promote middle class careers in the green construction sector.
SEC. 503. LIST OF ELIGIBLE DOMESTIC AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY OFFSET PRACTICE TYPES REMARKS: This section lists things that the agricultural sector will have to do in order to receive some emission allowances, including alter their tillage practice, reducing nitrogen fertilizer, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from manure – including dietary modifications. So now the government will be telling famers and ranchers how to produce with minimal emissions. I see our food supply dwindling, and small farms going out of business.