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senate Bill S. 66

Should the U.S. Base its Carbon Emission Goals on China, India, and Russia?

Argument in favor

China, India, and Russia are among the largest global polluters. These countries need to commit to cutting back their emission levels if they expect the U.S. to do the same.

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06/26/2015
Stop calling it Climate Change. It is Global Warming and it is a hoax. The greatest Marxist scheme ever conceived. Not a single global warming model has even been remotely accurate. There should not be any regulation around carbon dioxide emissions.
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America's Opinion
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07/29/2015
It's not global warming, it's a natural change that the world goes through and there's nothing we can do about it. Look back years ago at how the world has changed since.
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Loraki's Opinion
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08/05/2016
Yeah, when pigs fly! This is part of the UN's Agenda 21/30. We've got more important things to worry about than carbon emissions, like all the toxins being discharged into both our fresh water sources and our oceans, and like the shrinking of our rainforests due to population growth and deforestation to grow cash crops. Healthy oceans and large rainforests play a significant role in regulating our climate.
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Argument opposed

As a global leader, the U.S. needs to own up to its pollution and lead the way in environment policy reform by reducing carbon emissions.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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05/19/2015
"The United States must lead the world in combating climate change and transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels. We must listen to the scientists and lead the world in halting climate change so this planet is habitable for our kids and grandchildren."
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JoeBiden's Opinion
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05/25/2015
"Folks, it’s time that we set limits for carbon pollution, just like we set limits on deadly pollutants like arsenic and lead."
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Keegan's Opinion
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04/10/2015
If we are to be taken seriously as the world's most powerful and influential superpower then we need to lead by example.
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What is Senate Bill S. 66?

This bill would prohibit any and all regulations to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas and carbon emissions until the governments of China, India, and Russia implement similar reductions. In addition, any previously existing U.S. carbon regulations will be nullified until China, India, and Russia undertake comparable reduction efforts of their own. This proposal is noteworthy because the Obama administration has introduced a sweeping Clean Power Plan to combat climate change, and more recently called for the first methane emission regulations in the U.S.

Regardless of any other law, this legislation would ban all Federal agencies and departments from regulating, continuing to implement, or enforcing any regulations, proposals, or actions that aim to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions. These bans would remain in place until the Secretary of Commerce and the Energy Information Agency can be sure that:

  • China, India, and Russia have suggested and implemented their respective plans to curb their own carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Those plans are similar to U.S. plans for curbing greenhouse gas and carbon emissions.

Impact

U.S. industries that use energy and emit greenhouse gases, industry in China, India, and Russia, American companies that export their labor to those countries, environmental scientists, and anyone breathing air.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 66

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: In November 2015, 150 world leaders gathered in Paris, France for the United Nations climate conference to talk about the dangers of climate change and make their respective pledges for cutting carbon emissions. 

The U.S. has offered a promise to cut 26-28 percent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 from levels in 2005. Russian leader, Vladimir Putin pledged the country will cut down emissions to 70 percent of what it was in 1990. Critics note that Russia's economy has shrunk dramatically since 1990, leaving it with plenty of wiggle room to increase emissions. 

China, the newest titleholder for most greenhouse gas emissions in the world (30 percent) has plans to cut its "carbon intensity" by 35-40 percent. India's leaders used the Paris conference to pledge using 40 percent renewable energy by 2030.


Official Title

A bill to prohibit any regulation regarding carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas emissions reduction in the United States until China, India, and Russia implement similar reductions.

bill Progress


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    The President has not signed this bill
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      Committee on Environment and Public Works
    IntroducedJanuary 7th, 2015
    Stop calling it Climate Change. It is Global Warming and it is a hoax. The greatest Marxist scheme ever conceived. Not a single global warming model has even been remotely accurate. There should not be any regulation around carbon dioxide emissions.
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    "The United States must lead the world in combating climate change and transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels. We must listen to the scientists and lead the world in halting climate change so this planet is habitable for our kids and grandchildren."
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    "Folks, it’s time that we set limits for carbon pollution, just like we set limits on deadly pollutants like arsenic and lead."
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    It's not global warming, it's a natural change that the world goes through and there's nothing we can do about it. Look back years ago at how the world has changed since.
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    If we are to be taken seriously as the world's most powerful and influential superpower then we need to lead by example.
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    Yeah, when pigs fly! This is part of the UN's Agenda 21/30. We've got more important things to worry about than carbon emissions, like all the toxins being discharged into both our fresh water sources and our oceans, and like the shrinking of our rainforests due to population growth and deforestation to grow cash crops. Healthy oceans and large rainforests play a significant role in regulating our climate.
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    To rely on other countries to dictate our decisions on climate change is like a child saying "mommy, he didn't have to clean up his room so I dont think I should either.
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    The United States needs to lead the effort of cutting back on carbon pollution, and make this world a more habitable place for future generations. Future generations will look back on us, and question why we didn't do enough to stop the excess pollution to our Earth. We need to promote more green energy and have the government provide benefits to green energy corporations, and not towards companies that provide toxic gas and oil.
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    We all ultimately suffer from excessive carbon emissions. Every country should aim to regulate greenhouse gas emissions regardless of what other countries do.
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    We should do the right thing -- lead by example
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    "Jimmy down the street does it" is not a valid excuse for not taking care of our own pollution, whether we are the first, fifth, or last, we need to take responsibility for our own detriment on the environment.
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    Nothing will happen on this critical issue if we're all just waiting for someone else to act first.
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    The "I won't do it until you do it first" mentality of this bill is childish. The shortcomings of other countries do not give us a free pass to be 'just as bad as them'. America doesn't need to wait for someone else to pave the way to progress when we're perfectly capable of doing it ourselves.
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    First off, there should be NO carbon regulation whatsoever. Secondly, it is absurd for us to cripple our economy with expensive carbon regulations when massive industrial nations like China and India (rightfully) ignore them.
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    If you want to be the leader of something you take the lead and be the example. And we've already past the point of no return so let's quit with the politics of it and get it done.
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    America is supposed to better than China and India. I hate to use such an old platitude, but if China jumped off a cliff would we do it too?
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    Waiting for others to take the lead is irresponsible and un-American.
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    The science isn't in. No reason to allow government overreach when the matter isn't life or death
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    Change the counties listed to France, Denmark, and Sweden, and the supporters and detractors flip, which is exactly why this is a terrible way to set carbon goals.
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    If you think there is a hoax, follow the money for a profit motive. Think.
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