Time to catch up with the crash-and-trade legislation being worked out behind closed doors on the House side.
CQ Politics, “Waxman Reaches Deal on Emissions“:
Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have agreed to soften their short-term targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as they work to write a bill that can move to the House floor.
Chairman Henry A. Waxman , D-Calif., said Tuesday evening that Democrats have resolved most of the core issues that were in dispute over draft legislation he released several weeks ago. He plans to release the text of the bill Thursday, begin a markup on May 18 and get committee approval by the end of next week.
Joint Statement From Greenpeace, FOE, and Public Citizen on the House Energy and Commerce Committee Climate and Energy Bill:
We are extremely troubled by the reports coming out of the Energy and Commerce Committee last night on additional compromises to the already flawed American Clean Energy & Security Act. The world needs real leadership from Congress and the Administration to address global warming – action that will enable us to transform our economy with clean, renewable energy technology, new green jobs and show leadership internationally. If reports are true, the compromises being struck on the bill undermine these goals.
Reuters, “Republicans push changes to U.S. climate bill“:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday vowed to push for major changes to a climate change bill that could move through a key committee next week, including a proposal to count nuclear power as a clean energy alternative….
Representative Joe Barton, the senior Republican on the House panel, predicted he would prevail with an amendment to include nuclear power and “clean coal” as alternative sources of energy that will have to be used more by electric utilities under the bill.
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