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The U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a bill that would demand a 20% cut in carbon emissions nationwide while requiring every region of the country to produce a quarter of its electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar by 2025.
The ambitious Waxman-Markey The ambitious Waxman-Markey bill is a major step in the right direction, as it includes a very strict cap and trade system and a new standard for renewable energy that will seek to lead our nation into a future of energy independence. Lawmakers have called out that goal as being unrealistic because the natural resources and technology needed to meet it do not currently exist. While the Waxman-Markey bill goes further than the current White House plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions, some say it doesn't go far enough. The Waxman-Markey bill was written by Democratic Representatives Henry Waxman of California, chair of the Oversight Committee, and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, chair of the global warming committee. Click here for more info and click here to read the bill (.pdf).