U.S. Climate Bill Could Reach Senate Floor This Week
It's Autumn in Washington, D.C. and following a UN Climate Summit, the G20, and Climate Week, key U.S. energy legislation could be introduced in the Senate as early as Wednesday of this week.
Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) plan to introduce a version of the energy and climate change bill into the Senate that will look very similar to the legislation passed by the House of Representatives in June.
Will the U.S. approve new energy and climate legislation in advance of the December conference of the United Nations Climate Change Committee in Copenhagen?
The House narrowly passed a climate change bill (H.R. 2454) in June that called for a 17 percent cut in carbon emissions below 2005 levels by 2020, and about an 80 percent reduction by 2050. The legislation must now be passed by a majority of senators before landing on President Obama's desk for a final signature.
The U.S. government's passage of a comprehensive bill addressing climate change and energy issues is viewed by many as an important asset to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Visit 1sky.org or Repower America to learn how you can encourage senators to act on the climate bill in advance of the December meetings in Copenhagen.
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