Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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.
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The Environment and Public Works Committee is leading on Tuesday, with testimony by four high-ranking officials: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, Energy Secretary
Steven Chu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, a former energy lobbyist, will also testify.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 9:54 am