Thursday, July 1, 2010
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said he would “absolutely” seek to keep greenhouse gas limits alive in a House-Senate conference if the Senate approves energy legislation this summer that omits carbon provisions.
“It would be open in conference to consider because our bill has it,” Waxman told The Hill Wednesday.
Waxman authored a sweeping climate and energy bill that the House narrowly approved last year that merges an “economy-wide” cap-and-trade system with other provisions to boost alternative energy and energy efficiency.
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Greenhouse gas caps face large hurdles in the Senate, and may be left on the cutting-room floor when the Senate debates an energy package that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants to bring up next month.
But Waxman, an ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said the climate issue would remain alive in conference, noting he would “absolutely” press for measures that create a cost for emitting greenhouse gases.
Limiting emissions from power plants, factories, refineries and other sectors is a top priority for environmentalists and many liberal Democrats — including Pelosi. But emissions caps face resistance among many Republicans and some centrist Democrats, which means that advocates will have a difficult time corralling 60 Senate votes.
This article was posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 8:55 am