A Step Forward for Senate Climate Bill

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Landmark legislation that would address climate change and lay the foundation for a new clean energy economy advanced closer to final passage today (5 November 2009).

The bill, S.1733, the Clean Jobs and American Power Act, passed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), with all Republican committee members absent.  This legislation will be a key component of a broader climate and energy package that will include input from other committees before being voted on by the full Senate. 
 
Lou Leonard, director of US Climate Policy for World Wildlife Fund, issued the following statement upon today’s vote:

With world governments gathered this week in Barcelona to make final preparations for next month’s Copenhagen climate summit, passage of this bill by the EPW Committee sends a strong signal that the US will act on climate change.    

Climate change is a crisis that does not respect geographic borders or political affiliation.  Although it was not visible in the EPW Committee today, senators from both sides of the aisle recognize the severity and urgency of the climate threat and the need to take action.  Bi-partisan attempts to tackle climate change started in 2003 with the McCain-Lieberman bill, and have recently been evidenced by the leadership of Senators Graham, Lieberman and Kerry.

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