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Legislative Session February 6, 2014
Max Baucus, D-MT
"Together we met with our colleagues ironing out the compromises on acid rain, ozone depletion, air quality permits, and scores of other issues. Senator Chafee later became chairman of the full committee. We had our disagreements, but by-and-large under Senator Chafee’s chairmanship I recall an oasis of civility."
Climate Change November 6, 2013
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
"As I said before, there is a denier’s playbook around these issues. We have seen the pattern repeat itself in the pages of the Wall Street Journal on acid rain, on the ozone layer, and now, most pronouncedly, on climate change. The pattern is a simple one: No. 1, deny the science; No. 2, question the motives; and No. 3, exaggerate the costs. Call it the polluting industry 1-2-3."
Agriculture Reform, Food, And Jobs Act Of 2013 May 20, 2013
Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI
"How is it going to look for the Republican Party when the historical records show, because facts have a funny way of coming out, that the campaign to fool the public on climate change was as phony and dishonest as the campaign to fool the public on acid rain and the campaign to fool the public on tobacco, when the historical record discloses that 5 percent wasn’t even real, and was actually a scam paid for by the polluters? You, your great party, with young American’s futures in the balance, took sides with the scam."
S.J. Res 20 September 13, 2005
James Inhofe, R-OK
"This is an exercise in futility. The President has already announced if this thing should pass—they will feel good and rejoice—he will veto it, and you can’t override a veto. It is a done deal. The current rule regulates mercury for the first time. The current rule’s cost is $2 billion, as opposed to $358 billion, a huge difference. A vote for this rule is a vote to drive the remaining chemical plants overseas. A vote for this rule is going to be a vote to increase the cost of fertilizer for every farmer in America. The cap and trade worked on acid rain, and it will work accurately now. All the talk about U.S. powerplants. They only contribute 1 percent of the mercury that is in the system now globally."
Ending Mercury Pollution February 25, 2004
Mark Kirk, R-IL
"There is a better method. In the 1980s, the program to reduce acid rain was based not on endless court litigation, but on a system of tradeable credits that restrict the total output of pollution in a way that is more flexible than the litigious old regulatory system. The acid rain pollution credit trading system is a great success, leading to more environmental cleanup and less courtroom cost. This system cuts acid rain pollution in a way that is faster and cheaper than the old regulatory approach. President Bush proposes using such a system based on acid rain to also reduce mercury pollution. His approach could be effective but needs two major amendments by environmentalists here in the Congress."

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