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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.


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.

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