130th Ohio General Assembly
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S. C. R. No. 15  As Referred by the House Rules and Reference Committee
As Referred by the House Rules and Reference Committee

128th General Assembly
Regular Session
2009-2010
S. C. R. No. 15


Senator Widener 

Cosponsors: Senators Husted, Carey, Faber, Seitz, Stewart, Patton, Schaffer, Gibbs, Schuring, Buehrer, Coughlin, Cates, Goodman, Grendell, Harris, Hughes, Niehaus, Wilson, Wagoner 

Representatives Adams, J., Jordan, Blessing 



A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
To urge the Congress of the United States to refuse to enact cap and trade legislation that would negatively impact Americans through the elimination of jobs and by increasing the costs of goods and services and instead enact legislation that encourages states to establish and develop their own renewable energy portfolio standards.


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF OHIO
(THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING):


       WHEREAS, President Barack Obama has proposed legislation to the United States Congress to implement a cap and trade emissions trading system that would establish a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, require those who emit greenhouse gases to purchase government credits to offset emissions, and allow those emitters to trade or sell those credits; and

       WHEREAS, Companies that are required to participate in the cap and trade program will ultimately pass the cost of participation in the program on to consumers. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that price increases resulting from a 15% cut in greenhouse gas emissions would cost the average household between 1.7% to 3.3% of its after-tax income every year, with households in the bottom fifth of the income scale losing the largest share of income; and

       WHEREAS, The combustion of coal produces more than 50% of the electricity generated in the United States, with Ohio receiving more than 85% of its electricity from coal. Thus, the cap and trade program will result in massive increases in energy costs for all consumers because the cost to produce electricity from coal will be markedly higher. The increased energy costs will disproportionally impact states in the middle part of the United States such as Ohio that are more reliant on coal. The Congressional Budget Office has acknowledged that these increases in energy costs will effectively act as a regressive tax affecting every household in the nation, with a disproportionate effect on poorer families; and

       WHEREAS, The cap and trade program will result not only in a massive windfall of hundreds of billions of dollars for the federal government through the sale of emissions credits, but also in the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. The program ultimately will not result in the overall global decrease of greenhouse gas emissions because many industries that emit greenhouse gas will merely relocate to countries with less stringent standards; now therefore be it

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 128th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, in adopting this resolution, urge the Congress of the United States to refuse to enact cap and trade legislation that would negatively impact Americans through the elimination of jobs and by increasing the costs of goods and services and instead enact legislation that encourages states to establish and develop their own renewable energy portfolio standards; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore and Secretary of the United States Senate, the members of the Ohio Congressional delegation, and the news media of Ohio.

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