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house Bill H.R. 3828

Should the Dept. of Energy Support Carbon Capture and Storage Research for Natural Gas Applications?

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Carbon capture and storage is an important technology to reduce emissions from natural gas, which is an increasingly important energy source for the U.S. Given the increasing use of natural gas for energy generation in the U.S., the DOE should support carbon capture R&D specific to natural gas applications.

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09/07/2019
I think source carbon capture is a valid pursuit as part of a broader program to address greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed research and test programs should later be merged into a much broader climate change program, so long term benefits can be honestly assessed on a common basis with other climate management technologies. I endorse any legislation that gets a head start in controlling greenhouse gas emissions.
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09/07/2019
Research on carbon is a great way to find new techniques to limit carbon emissions entering the atmosphere. We must fight climate change. Not only would it benefit the environment, it would benefit the nation as a whole to create new energy efficient vehicles and all that.
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09/07/2019
Carbon capture and storage is an important technology to reduce emissions from natural gas, which is an increasingly important energy source for the U.S. Given the increasing use of natural gas for energy generation in the U.S., the DOE should support carbon capture R&D specific to natural gas applications.
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Argument opposed

The DOE is already looking at and supporting the development of carbon capture technologies for both coal and natural gas. Additionally, given carbon capture’s high carbon cost, it may be worth considering whether the government should invest in this technology over renewables that have lower carbon footprints (such as wind, water, and solar power).

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09/07/2019
This is better left to private business not the government. Get the government out of over regulating business wherever possible. #MAGA
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09/07/2019
OMG, DrCindyBean, if this is true, that SOB Resident needs to reimburse us, at least, ten times the money spent for these stays, as well as the excessive fuel expense. Then he needs to be hanged for treason against the United States of America. Additionally, the military personnel involved need to turn over the requested documents, immediately, or face obstruction of justice charges and be court-martialed! These Repugnants just can’t stop giving us bull. Just want to waste more of our money. Put the money into GREEN programs, not the same old, same old, that is destroying our Earth!
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09/07/2019
Why does mankind continue to screw things up in Nature with their "technology" and then, they have the chutzpah to think they can fix it with technology?....This earth has a time tested way of "handling" CO2 AND providing O2 at the same time.....it's called "trees" which, we keep destroying. Sucking CO2 out of the air technologically and "storing" it seems like a bad alternative....we are already "storing" nuclear waste and sludge from fracking and filling the world with garbage/plastics.......they have found polyester filiments in fish and plastic bits in water, in air and in OUR blood. This "solution" to CO2 is like fighting cancer with chemicals, when it was probably chemicals that started the cancer in the first place.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedJuly 18th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 3828?

This bill — the LEADING Act of 2019 — would establish a carbon capture and storage research & development (R&D) demonstration program at the Dept. of Energy (DOE). Specifically, it would require the Secretary of Energy to establish a program for the research, development, and demonstration of commercially-viable technologies for the capture of carbon dioxide produced during the generation of natural gas-generated power. It would also direct the Dept. of Energy (DOE) to enter into cooperative agreements for piloting carbon capture technologies at three or more electricity generation facilities by October 2025. 

Additionally, this bill would encourage the DOE to include the National Laboratories, universities, and research facilities, including the National Carbon Capture Center, in the program. It would also require the DOE to solicit applications for demonstration projects and submit a report to Congress detailing legislative recommendations, applicant evaluation method, expected goals for technology development, estimations of project costs, and timelines for project construction.  

This bill would also recommend that the DOE provide up to $50 million per year from FY2020 to FY2025 to carry out the program from existing funds.

The bill's full title is the Launching Energy Advancement and Development through Innovations for Natural Gas Act.

Impact

Natural gas; carbon capture storage; carbon capture storage R&D and demonstration; the Dept. of Energy (DOE); and the Secretary of Energy.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3828

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) introduced this bill to prioritize research and development funding for technology that captures carbon emissions from natural gas: 

“Carbon capture technology has huge potential to dramatically reduce our emissions. Our very own Net Power Plant, in La Porte, Texas employs this technology and has achieved zero emissions while burning enough natural gas to power 5,000 homes in the Houston area.  This is an important step forward for green energy solutions that work towards our goal of lowering global emissions through clean, cheap, and exportable energy.”

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Ranking Member Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), who is an original cosponsor of this bill, adds

“Clean, efficient, and affordable natural gas is a critical component of America’s energy portfolio. Modernizing energy production and reducing greenhouse gas emissions requires realistic solutions that don’t prohibit effective fuel sources and inhibit economic growth. This bill will expand early-stage research and development of carbon capture technologies to make natural gas an even cleaner energy source. I’m proud to cosponsor this bipartisan legislation that will help make carbon capture commercially viable and help strengthen and modernize America’s natural gas production.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) says

“We need an economically sensible solution to reducing greenhouse emissions and fighting climate change in the United States. Carbon capture has been shown to be the best way to properly mitigate the effects of climate change, create more reliable, affordable energy, and increase economic growth. To obtain the full benefits of carbon capture, this legislation will encourage more investment and research so we can accelerate the development and commercialization of the cost-effective carbon capture technologies. I want to thank Representatives Crenshaw, Lucas, Flores, Lamb, Gonzalez and Walberg for working to tackle climate change in the United States.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who is this bill’s Senate sponsor, says

“The U.S. leads the world in emissions reduction, but to build on that success, we need to incentivize innovation and partner with the private sector to create affordable solutions. Instead of a one-size-fits-all mandate that would bankrupt our country, this bill encourages the continued use of natural gas so we can protect the environment and remain a global leader in energy innovation.”

In floor remarks after the Senate version of this bill passed the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Cornyn said

“Smart policies can't prioritize only conservation, productivity, or economic power. We obviously need to strike the proper balance. To put it another way, the Green New Deal will bankrupt our country and crush our innovation economy. This bill would incentivize research and development of carbon capture technology for natural gas and support energy innovation. This legislation was crafted with the understanding that reliable, affordable, and environmentally-sound energy supplies are not mutually exclusive. The goal of this legislation is to accelerate development and commercial application of natural gas carbon capture technologies. I’m proud that the LEADING Act passed the Energy and Natural Resources Committee this morning, and I hope we'll have the opportunity to vote on this and other similar and related bills before the full Senate soon.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), who is an original Senate cosponsor of this legislation, supports it as “critical to near-term reductions of emissions from our electricity and industrial sectors."    

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute endorses this bill. In a July 15, 2019 post on its “Fuel for Thought” blog, it writes: 

“The conventional wisdom has been that there was simply no appetite in Congress this year to take meaningful, effective steps to address climate change. It’s argued that the issue is not a priority for the Trump Administration, and there has seemingly been far too much division on Capitol Hill for Republicans and Democrats to work together on this important issue. But the conventional wisdom may be once again wrong, and we aren’t surprised.  We have always believed there is much common ground on which all sides of the discussion could come together to address climate change with policies that are practical, flexible, predictable, and durable. Throughout the year, we’ve been working with members of Congress, publicly and privately, to identify practical solutions… [O]ur team at the Chamber has been working with diverse coalitions to urge Congress to prioritize a number of clean energy programs, outlined specific, solutions-focused legislation that we support… This week, the Senate Energy Committee will consider a package of bills that will help the Department of Energy (DOE) take the next step to make American energy cleaner and stronger. We are pleased to endorse bills such as the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA, S.903), which will facilitate the next generation of clean and safe nuclear energy resources, and the Launching Energy Advancement and Development through Innovations for Natural Gas Act (LEADING Act, S.1685) which will accelerate DOE’s development of promising carbon capture technology for natural gas power plants… Bolstering industry’s phenomenal progress producing more economic output while using less energy has long been a Chamber priority.”

This legislation has 14 bipartisan House cosponsors, including 11 Republicans and three Democrats. Its Senate version, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources with an amendment and the support of four bipartisan Senate cosponsors, including two Democrats and two Republicans. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports this bill. In testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy on July 9, 2019, Office of Electricity Assistant Secretary Bruce J. Walker expressed support for this bill.


Of NoteNatural gas is now the main source of energy in the U.S., generating 35.1% of the country’s electricity in 2018. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects natural gas to continue comprising a larger percentage of the United States’ energy generation in future years. 

Carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S) are removed from natural gas before it can be transported or used. After extraction, CO2 can be removed and stored for later use. With this in mind, this bill’s sponsors argue that developing cost-effective carbon capture technology for natural gas power plants will help the U.S. continue lowering carbon emissions while creating jobs and supporting domestic energy production and security.

Testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on energy, Shawn Bennett, deputy assistant secretary for oil and gas, told Sen. Cassidy that the agency has already shifted away from coal-specific carbon capture applications in favor of natural gas applications.

Jeff Bobeck, director of energy policy engagement at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, observes, “At the lab level, [DOE has] been looking at natural gas technologies for years. The bulk of carbon capture technology issues apply to both coal and natural gas." However, Bobeck also notes that “so much money” has been spent on coal-specific carbon capture, “Natural gas-specific carbon capture investments would have a long way to go to catch up."

In a chapter in the textbook 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything, Stanford civil and environmental engineering professor Mark Z. Jacobson writes that neither coal nor natural gas with carbon capture is particularly good for the environment, as neither is “remotely close to zero carbon.” He notes: 

“[Coal or natural gas with carbon capture] reduce only ~10.8% carbon equivalent emissions (CO2e) over a 20-year time frame and ~20% over a 100-year time frame. At the same time, they increase air pollution and land degradation compared with no carbon capture by 25 to 50 percent. The use of the captured CO2 for enhancing oil recovery causes even greater damage. Finally, the cost of installing carbon capture equipment is large… In comparison, wind, water, and solar power substantially address nearly all climate, health, and energy security problems.” 


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Launching Energy Advancement and Development through Innovations for Natural Gas Act of 2019

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Energy to establish a program for the research, development, and demonstration of commercially viable technologies for the capture of carbon dioxide produced during the generation of natural gas-generated power.

    I think source carbon capture is a valid pursuit as part of a broader program to address greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed research and test programs should later be merged into a much broader climate change program, so long term benefits can be honestly assessed on a common basis with other climate management technologies. I endorse any legislation that gets a head start in controlling greenhouse gas emissions.
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    This is better left to private business not the government. Get the government out of over regulating business wherever possible. #MAGA
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    Research on carbon is a great way to find new techniques to limit carbon emissions entering the atmosphere. We must fight climate change. Not only would it benefit the environment, it would benefit the nation as a whole to create new energy efficient vehicles and all that.
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    Carbon capture and storage is an important technology to reduce emissions from natural gas, which is an increasingly important energy source for the U.S. Given the increasing use of natural gas for energy generation in the U.S., the DOE should support carbon capture R&D specific to natural gas applications.
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    Slightly off topic. But as regards jet fuel and the military. TRUMP IS A CROOK. trump is a crook. He’s stealing taxpayer money to try to keep his failing businesses afloat. Disgusting. Beyond deplorable. Despicable. You must stop trump- he’s an evil criminal, he is WENDIGO. This article below from NBC. House stonewalled in probe of military sleepovers at Trump resort The House Committee on Oversight and Reform is not getting cooperation from the Pentagon in its probe of military sleepovers at President Trump's golf resort in Scotland, a senior Democratic aide told NBC News. The conflict-of-interest probe, first reported Friday by Politico, seeks Department of Defense documents and other information related to post-election military stops in Prestwick, Scotland, not far from Trump Turnberry, according to a letter co-signed by oversight Chairman and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. "The Defense Department has not produced a single document in this investigation," the aide said. "The committee will be forced to consider alternative steps if the Pentagon does not begin complying voluntarily in the coming days." The letter, dated June 21 but unknown to the public until this week, states that a look at Defense Logistics Agency data shows that, since October 2017, taxpayers have spent $11 million on 629 fuel purchase orders at Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Scotland. "The jet fuel purchases appear to have supported various Defense Department missions," the letter, also signed by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., states. The ailing airport has lost millions of dollars in revenue in recent years, according to the letter, and its existence is crucial to the golf resort's survival. The airport has offered discounts and free rounds of golf to members of the U.S. military, the letter states, citing the Guardian. A person familiar with at least one of the flights, an Air National Guard supply delivery to Kuwait, told Politico the Trump Turnberry sleepovers to and from the Middle East were unusual because the C-17 cargo plane usually stopped at U.S. or allied military bases, Ramstein Air Base in Germany or Naval Station Rota in Spain. The Politico report also says jet fuel is usually less expensive at bases. An Air Force official told the publication that staying at a luxury resort was not normal for on-duty service members traveling at taxpayers' expense. The House Oversight letter, citing the Washington Post, states losses at Trump's Scottish resort amounted to $4.5 million in 2017. Politico reported in June that revenue increased by $3.1 million the next year. The probe of government spending at the president's Scottish resort was revealed on the same day Cummings announced the Oversight Commitee is seeking more information about Vice President Mike Pence's stay earlier in the week at Trump's Irish golf resort. Pence was with his family during the stay at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland. The resort is about 180 miles away from Dublin, where the vice president met with Irish officials. Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, said the detour to Doonbeg was suggested by the president. But the vice president's office subsequently issued a statement saying the trip to Doonbeg, where Pence has familial ties, was "solely" the idea of the vice president and his staff. Short told a New York Times reporter the vice president would cover the costs for his family's stay.
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    Why does mankind continue to screw things up in Nature with their "technology" and then, they have the chutzpah to think they can fix it with technology?....This earth has a time tested way of "handling" CO2 AND providing O2 at the same time.....it's called "trees" which, we keep destroying. Sucking CO2 out of the air technologically and "storing" it seems like a bad alternative....we are already "storing" nuclear waste and sludge from fracking and filling the world with garbage/plastics.......they have found polyester filiments in fish and plastic bits in water, in air and in OUR blood. This "solution" to CO2 is like fighting cancer with chemicals, when it was probably chemicals that started the cancer in the first place.
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    OMG, DrCindyBean, if this is true, that SOB Resident needs to reimburse us, at least, ten times the money spent for these stays, as well as the excessive fuel expense. Then he needs to be hanged for treason against the United States of America. Additionally, the military personnel involved need to turn over the requested documents, immediately, or face obstruction of justice charges and be court-martialed! These Repugnants just can’t stop giving us bull. Just want to waste more of our money. Put the money into GREEN programs, not the same old, same old, that is destroying our Earth!
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    If we are wise this is the transition fuel and mitigating the CO2 impact should be part of that plan
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    Doing nothing isn’t going to work out very well.
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    Carbon capture is a nice gesture, but for the love of our country, please invest in clean renewable energies! Let's be the world LEADER in developing these clean energies! Forward not backward. People and planet not corporations.
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    Another “WHY ARE WE DOUBLING UP ON WHAT’S HAPPENING?” Bills. The Dept of Energy is already doing this. That’s s waste of time, Money, etc. on a DUPLICATE Bill.
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    What’s wrong with the sun and the wind? Fracking has its own problems and is only slightly better than oil. Start planting trees and they will take care of the carbon. Make the corporations give back instead of stripping the planet so it’s not able to sustain what we have now. Our politicians need to get out of the pockets of big oil and big energy.
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    The government has no Constitutional authority to be involved in this issue. This is better left to private business not the government. Get the government out of over regulating business wherever possible. #MAGA
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    With a planet getting getting ever so closer to a climate breaking point this should be one of many future actions to help limit carbon release.
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    An ever growing list of trumps accomplishments and of those in congress who support him: Most recent: Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Spending our tax dollars at his golf courses. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    This is like putting a bandaid on a wound that needs stiches! Stop this stupid insanity and do away with using oil, coal and gas period! Wind and solar does not produce any CO2's whatsoever! Hello!?! Do not dump a ton of money on a waist of time to satisfy big oil, trump and the trumpets but on the simplest solution which is wind and solar power! No...wind turbines do not cause cancer. Grow up and smarten up folks before it's truly too late for us! It takes longer to build this carbon capture and costs a hell of a lot more than building wind turbines and solar panels! We need help now, not five or twenty years from now! Mother Nature just got done screaming at us in the Bahamas and she is screaming at us about the Amazon! Everyone needs to get their heads of of their behinds and wake up to what's really happening to the planet!
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    ABSOLUTELY NOT!! I’m all for carbon capture. I’m all for research. Absolutely NOT for the Natural Gas industry . We need to end carbon usage in this country, not figure out how to perfect the usage of an antiquated and dangerous industry.
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    While we continue to depend on natural gas, we should find ways to make it more sustainable and less damaging to the environment. We can put American innovation to work and try to store it and capture the carbon it emits.
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    This administration will lie about results They’re lying about a hurricane to appease 45 The government has been reduced to a joke
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    Let’s do things that save the planet! Not this.
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