And We're Off: Senate Gets Busy on Climate Bill
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After the Waxman-Markey climate bill historically passed the US House of Reps, many saw their hopes renewed that legislation, however flawed, could actually be passed to combat climate change. But there's a long road ahead--now, the Senate must craft its own climate bill that parallels the House version. And, like proceedings in the House--it'll be tough, maybe even tougher, going. Here's how the Senate climate bill is beginning to shape up.According to Politico:
The Senate is kicking off what’s sure to be a contentious climate change debate this week with hearings aimed at producing something that approaches the sweeping House climate bill that passed last month. But any cap-and-trade legislation faces a steep climb in the Senate, where Democrats from energy-producing states have expressed concerns about the cost and impact of the bill on consumers and industry.Hmmm. Reminds me of some other proceeding that just took place in some other US legislative branch with a bill that ended up just barely squeaking by.
The Environment and Public Works Committee kicked off the hearings this week with testimonies from the likes of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, and the EPA's Lisa Jackson.
From the Environmental News Service:
Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Barbara Boxer of California, said, "Today’s hearing is the kickoff of a historic Senate effort to pass legislation that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create millions of clean energy jobs, and protect our children from pollution." There is a variety of proposals pending in the Senate, but no one bill has emerged as the leading piece of legislation.And of course, the attacks have already begun from leading Republicans--long time climate denier Sen. James Inhofe has wasted no time calling the climate bill "job-killing." Boxer countered that the bill would in fact create jobs, and Chu noted how such a bill could lead to a clean energy industrial revolution. But somehow, I don't think Inhofe and other Republicans were convinced.
In other words--we're off.