Republicans Saturday called a Democratic bill under discussion in the
House of Representatives equivalent to a national energy tax.
for his party's weekly radio address, Indiana representative Mike Pence
said the Democratic plans are not what the country needs "during these
The Republican Party has been criticizing the
new bill for weeks, saying it would raise energy costs without doing
much to counter global warming.
Republicans announced a
counter-proposal this week. Pence explained their plan calls for
increased oil and gas exploration, more nuclear power, investment in
renewable energy, and incentives for greater conservation.
Republicans say revenue from oil and gas drilling could be used to promote wind and solar power development.
Their plan does not include an absolute cap on greenhouse gases, a key component of the Democratic plan.