(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week that passing energy and climate change legislation is a “moral issue”—although, at the same time, she indicated that she is “agnostic” about what means should be used in legislation to reduce dependence on foreign oil and consumption of fossil fuels.
Pelosi also said the issue was about "God's beautiful creation" which we have a "moral responsibility" to preserve.
Pelosi was responding to a reporter who asked if she was disappointed that President Barack Obama, in calling for a new U.S. energy policy in his speech last Tuesday from the Oval Office, did not specifically advocated legislation that would limit U.S. carbon emissions, or so-called “cap-and-trade” legislation.
The House passed a cap-and-trade bill last year under Pelosi’s leadership, but a Senate cap-and-trade proposal, pushed by Sens. John Kerry (D.-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), has failed to gain traction. President Obama is set to meet this week with a group of senators to talk about energy legislation in an effort to build momentum in the Senate for some kind of bill.
In her Thursday press briefing, when asked about Obama’s failure to mention cap-and-trade, Pelosi said Congress had a “moral responsibility” to preserve “God’s beautiful creation” and reminded reporters that she had made energy and climate change legislation her “flagship issue.”
“It is a defense, a security issue, a health issue, an environmental issue, it is an economic issue, and it is a moral issue for us to honor the obligation we have to pass this planet on to future generations intact,” she said. “And, if you believe, as I do, that it is also that this is God's beautiful creation, we have a moral responsibility to preserve it.
“So, whatever achieves that result, Congress will work its will,” she said. “We will have a legislative process that sees what options work, that can pass, that honor the principles that the President set forth and that many in the Congress have been advocating for a long time. As you may recall, I called this my flagship issue when I became speaker.”
She was “agnostic,” she said, about how to go about reducing dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuel use, but was intent on achieving those ends.
“There is, as you may know about me, I am fairly agnostic about the means to the end in terms of what mechanism is used,” she said. “What we want, though, is to have a result. The job that the bill must do is have a result that we reduce our dependence on foreign oil as a national security issue, that we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels wherever they originate as a health and environmental issue, that we proceed with innovation so that we can be number one, continue to be number one in the world in innovation, competitiveness, by creating new green jobs for the future.”