Posts tagged Nancy Pelosi

Cash for clunkers

Here’s something to watch if you’re looking for a more fuel efficient car that’s better for the environment. This is from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement regarding the White House and the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s agreement on a “cash for clunkers” proposal that will provide incentives for Americans to trade in older vehicles for more fuel efficient for cars and trucks:

“’Cash for clunkers’ is a common-sense proposal that will help provide a shot in the arm for the American auto industry at a crucial time for our economy, reduce the emissions that cause climate change, and make America more energy independent.  By helping Americans trade in their old, less fuel efficient cars and trucks for newer, higher mileage vehicles, consumers will save money at the pump, help protect our planet, and create and save jobs for American auto workers.

“I congratulate Chairman Waxman, Chairman Emeritus Dingell, Chairman Markey and the Obama Administration for working hard to arrive at this agreement, as well as the many strong proponents of this legislation, including Congressman Inslee, Congressman Israel, and Congresswoman Sutton.  I look forward to working with them and with the Senate to pass this critical job-creating, energy independence legislation through the Congress so that we can send it to President Obama’s desk for his signature.”

Back to Cindy: I hastily posted this today, with questions both nagging and selfish swirling in my thoughts.  Nagging, because to me, buying new isn’t always the environmentally friendly route and selfish being – would my little 2001 Nissan qualify?

The Detroit Free Press: www.freep.com

spells  it out in greater detail.  Hopefully, all those old vehicles traded in could be resold, but I think a higher fuel efficiency is warranted on the new vehicles and environment aside, should our tax dollars really be subsidizing someone’s new car purchase? That question will continue to nag.

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Pelosi on public lands

I’ll have more Thursday on Cedar Rapids farmers markets. For now, this just came in from Nancy Pelosi’s office on protecting public lands for future generations:

Washington, D. C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement following passage of H.R. 146, the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009, by a vote of 285 to 140. The bill was passed by the Senate last week and now goes to President Obama for his signature into law:

 

“Today, the House passed a landmark bill to conserve public lands for future generations of Americans.  This bipartisan legislation creates more than 2 million new acres of wilderness, and provides the greatest expansion of wilderness areas in 15 years, including more than 700,000 acres in my own state of California. 

 

“The public lands bill protects a thousand miles of rivers—a 50 percent increase in the wild and scenic river system.  It establishes new national trails, national parks, national conservation areas, and a new national monument.  It provides the protection of law to the National Landscape Conservation System, which was created administratively in 2000 to manage the ‘crown jewels’ of the Bureau of Land Management, containing some of the most spectacular landscapes in the West.

 

“In this challenging time of drought in the West, the lands act also includes numerous water-related provisions that will help manage the drought, improve aging infrastructure, recharge groundwater supplies, and promote the reuse and recycling of water.  The bill also contains a historic settlement to restore the San Joaquin River in the Central Valley of California. 

 

“The provisions in this bill were developed in communities across America by local supporters, working together with their elected representatives.  As a result, the bill enjoys broad support from wildlife, conservation, hunting and fishing, and outdoor business groups across the country.  This is a day of celebration for all who treasure and enjoy our natural and cultural heritage.”

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