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DDW10-Energy-Bill-Politics - DDW 2010 1 DDW10 Energy...

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a27e86c869c96c9e30f0fd4951003ae2d4b14f5b.doc DDW 2010 1 DDW10 Energy Politics DDW10 Energy Politics ......................................................................................................................................... 1 ***1NC .................................................................................................................................................................... 2 Utility Bill Good 1NC (1/3) .................................................................................................................................... 3 ***UNIQUENESS .................................................................................................................................................. 6 Yes Utility-Only Bill (1/2) ...................................................................................................................................... 7 Yes Utility Only Bill—AT: UQ o/w Link .............................................................................................................. 9 Obama Pushing Utility Only Bill .......................................................................................................................... 10 Now Key to Utility Bill ......................................................................................................................................... 11 ***INTERNAL LINKS ......................................................................................................................................... 12 Political Capital Key to Utility-Only Bill (1/) ...................................................................................................... 13 ***UTILITY ONLY BILL GOOD ....................................................................................................................... 16 Utility-Only Bill = Comprehensive Cap and Trade .............................................................................................. 17 Utility-Only Bill Broader Climate Action ....................................................................................................... 18 US Action Global Action ................................................................................................................................. 19 ***AFF ANSWERS ............................................................................................................................................. 21 No Utility Bill (1/2) .............................................................................................................................................. 22 No Energy Bill ...................................................................................................................................................... 24 No Comprehensive Cap and Trade ....................................................................................................................... 25 AT: Utility Only Bill Solves Climate Change ...................................................................................................... 26 AT: Other Countries Will Model Utility-Only ..................................................................................................... 27 Last printed 9/4/2009 07:00:00 PM 1
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a27e86c869c96c9e30f0fd4951003ae2d4b14f5b.doc DDW 2010 3 Utility Bill Good 1NC (1/3) 1. Utility-only bill will pass—has momentum. Business Green 7-2 -2010. [Momentum builds for watered-down US climate bill, http://www.businessgreen.com/business- green/news/2265841/momentum-builds-watered-climate] Support is growing in the US for a scaled-back energy and climate bill that would still introduce an emissions trading scheme, but would initially only apply the carbon pricing mechanism to energy utilities . One of the largest green groups in the US, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), yesterday signalled it would support a watered-down version of current proposals, arguing that it represents the best hope of passing some form of legislation ahead of November's mid-term elections. "The reality is that comprehensive economy-wide cap and trade is not going to be passed by the Senate," EDF president Fred Krupp told reporters, adding that the organisation would support the "broadest possible cap that we can get" – meaning a cap on emissions from utilities. Krupp revealed the EDF is pushing Democrat senator Jeff Bingaman and Republican senator Olympia Snowe to present long-anticipated plans for a new " utility-first" climate and energy bill. Observers are hopeful that a bill with bi-partisan support will stand a greater chance of securing the 60 votes required to pass through the Senate , before the mid-term elections later this year. Republicans and some Democrats have consistently opposed plans put forward by senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman for a wider emissions trading scheme, covering carbon intensive heavy industry and manufacturing firms as well as utilities, arguing it would drive up costs and may encourage some companies to relocate to countries that do not have carbon pricing mechanisms in place. It is hoped that a "utility-first" bill would have a greater chance of securing support as energy firms would be unable to relocate , even if they see costs rise as a result of emissions trading.
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