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Senate Democrats Pushing For Climate Bill Markup Next Week

senate epwDespite Republican pleas to slow down on the Senate climate bill, Democrats on the Environment and Public Works Committee are hoping to mark up the bill as early as next week.

Led by committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Democrats hope for S. 1733 (PDF) to set the stage for adoption by the full Senate.

Yet Republicans are calling for a time-out. Republicans James Inhofe of Oklahoma and George Voinovich of Ohio say they haven’t had enough time to study that cap-and-trade provisions, reports the New York Times.

Inhofe claims that Boxer is not working in a bipartisan spirit, bragging that when he was committee chairman during the Bush years, he let negotiations drag on for two years on the so-called “Clear Skies” initiative, which would have overhauled the Clean Air Act without setting GHG limits.

Inhofe also continues to threaten a boycott of the markup process.

Voinovich said that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has not fully vetted the modeling of the Senate bill.

Republicans also want any climate bill to be “deficit-neutral,” a concession that Boxer said she is trying to accomplish, in concert with the Congressional Budget Office.

Industry groups are starting to chime in, as well.

The American Trucking Associations have said that cap-and-trade legislation would do little to cut emissions but would add significant costs to the trucking industry, reports Refrigerated Transporter.

In other climate bill news, both the House and Senate have confirmed that they do not intend for the climate bill to regulate emissions from livestock herds, as some ag groups had feared, reports bnet.

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2 thoughts on “Senate Democrats Pushing For Climate Bill Markup Next Week

  1. here it comes …a trillion dollar cost directly affliated with chaney and his failure as a vp. this most powerful vp in history is going to have a trillion dollar figure tied to his tenure. and the republicans could not end the war after 8 yrs, could not pass a health bill,changed,altered,denied climate research for a decade while global warming accelerated,had two illegitimate elections,added 5 trillion dollars to the national debt,hid this amount from congress,eleminated all domestic programs,cut news transparency…..and now 0ne year later obama is still mopping up after bush and chaney.

  2. What we need to do is stop these ridiculous wars and stop wasting our money on them. Face it, Al-Quida is everywhere! We need to reduce our carbon emissions now and get a grip on these global issues or the results are going to be disastrous! I can’t believe how naive Republicans are or perhaps they are just lying (as usual)

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