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    The 2009 cap and trade bill would have required homes to be energy efficient before they could be sold


    The cap and trade bill would have created a voluntary energy-efficiency labeling program

    One section of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, known as the cap and trade bill, would have created an energy-efficiency labeling system for residential and commercial buildings -- similar to the Energy Star program. There would have been no restriction on home sales related to the system.

    As reported, the labeling program would have been “completely voluntary.” Similarly, HousingWire reported:

    Much like a nutrition label on the back of a candy bar, the performance labeling program is a consumer right-to-know provision in the cap-and-trade bill, but it is not required, according to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.