While the American Clean Energy and Security Act seeks to provide a path to create a clean energy economy that would create jobs and curb harmful carbon dioxide emissions, Mr. Barton's legislation, well, doesn't. Unless you think de-classifying C02 as a harmful gas that endangers the public health, opening up the entirety of our coastline as well as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and not actually creating a cap on carbon emissions qualifies.
Didn't think you would.
So it appear that Mr. Barton's bill would be a vehicle to create more CO2 without addressing the issue of global warming in any way whatsoever.
It wouldn't be a Joe Barton event if he also didn't employ a little of his own, shall we say, unique language to the proceedings. (via Fox News):
“He doesn’t have the votes to pass the bill. He has got a chance to get the votes. If you are familiar with Texas Hold ‘em poker, he doesn’t have the nuts.”(Sometimes, it's just too easy...)
—Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)[...]
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) tried to step in during the press conference announcing the GOP alternative energy plan and get Barton back to the business at hand but the Texas Republican was intent on explaining himself.
“Nor do I,” Barton added, presumably referring to ‘the nuts.’
“I wouldn’t explain it any more,” Upton interjected.
But Barton could not help himself, adding, “we will see which has the other side by the nuts next week.”