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Congress vs. CO2

You'd like to think that when the U.S. House passes a bill described as "historic," it would be with a sizable majority. Not so the energy bill that passed today 219-212. "This is a revolution," said co-sponsoring Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass. The action keeps House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's promise to pass the bill by the Fourth of July, but so many questions remain as it moves to the Senate. Among them: Will it cost $175 per household (by 2020, according to CBO)? Or $3,100 per household (as the GOP contends, citing MIT data)? No surprise that Kansas Republican Reps. Todd Tiahrt, Jerry Moran and Lynn Jenkins voted "no" while Democrat Dennis Moore voted "yes."