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Republicans Slam Democrat Climate Change Bill

Republicans Saturday called a Democratic bill under discussion in the House of Representatives equivalent to a national energy tax.

Speaking for his party's weekly radio address, Indiana representative Mike Pence said the Democratic plans are not what the country needs "during these difficult times."

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.