Sen. Udall: U.S. Needs Cap-and-Trade Because China Is Not Bound by ‘Democratic Processes’ Like U.S.

February 23, 2010 - 7:25 PM
The New Mexico Democrat, seeing China as competition for the U.S.,  is pushing for passage of "cap-and-trade" legislation.

In this Aug. 27, 2008 file photo, Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

Washington ( – Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) urged fellow lawmakers to push ahead with “cap-and-trade” energy legislation and the creation of “green jobs,” saying that China is competition for the United States and does not “have to go through the democratic processes that we do.”
“We have countries like China, which don’t have to go through the democratic processes that we do, that order factories to move to deal with their air pollution,” Udall said at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing Tuesday
“And it happens in a very short period of time. We need to be cognizant about where we are in the world in terms of the kind of competition that’s out there,” he warned.
Udall said the world is looking at a  “second industrial revolution.”
“The competition is going to be for clean-energy jobs in this industrial revolution,” Udall said, “and the way to get there -- as Sen. Carper and the chairman and others have said -- is to put a price on carbon and carbon dioxide emissions. That will move us in the right direction.  So we need to be cognizant of where we are in the world in terms of the kind of competition that’s out there.”
Udall said that action by the EPA should be “targeted, transparent, and allow for a smooth transition to a lower-carbon economy.”
He called global warming “one of the greatest threats” to public health and the environment, and said that reliance on foreign oil is a top menace to national security.
“We need to act quickly here, we need to act with deliberation, but we also I think need to be careful and, madam administrator, I think you’ve showed that with your letter and your approach to this,” Udall said, addressing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, who was testifying before the committee.