Climate Legislation: Senate and EPA Action
Siobhan Hughes and Corey Boles reported yesterday at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Two Senate Democrats Wednesday unveiled climate legislation [bill summary, section by section overview, entire bill] that aims to drastically cut greenhouse-gas emissions beginning in 2012, starting an effort that threatens to divide the party amid opposition from coal, manufacturing and oil interests.
“Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry outlined the measure [video replay available here], which would cut emissions from 2005 levels 20% by 2020 and more than 80% by 2050.”
The Journal article noted that the White House applauded the action and that, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the legislation a ‘strong foundation’ to work on, while Republican Leader John Boehner said the measure was a ‘dangerous proposal.’”
[Note: for a brief summary on how the Senate draft differs from the Waxman-Markey version passed by the House in June, see this update (“So How Does The Senate Climate Bill Stack Up To The House Version?”) which was posted yesterday at the Vine Blog (The New Republic)].