Just a short while ago, GER was chronicling the legislative fight in the House, as Rep. Henry Waxman (D- Calif.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, held back-to-back marathon negotiations to secure passage for the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). As reported by GER, the bill passed. An exhausted Rep. Waxman the consequences of this intense battle as he landed in the hospital just a few days later. But since then, it has all been about healthcare, healthcare, healthcare, leaving little room for negotiations over a climate change bill.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Collin Peterson (D- Minn.) tells ‘s Lisa Lerer that he’s doubtful a Senate vote on a climate change energy bill will happen anytime soon: “The reality [the health reform bill] is going to happen before cap-and-trade” he says. If that happens, the U.S. would enter the upcoming Copenhagen climate change negotiations without any comprehensive law in the books, weakening the country’s credibility in these vital issues.
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Senator Barbara Boxer (D- Calif.), Chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and John Kerry (D- Mass.), who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, have to have a bill ready by September 8th, when lawmakers return for their summer recess. The two senators are not planning to draft a new bill but instead, build on ACES. The outcome could be stronger: CO2 cuts of 20 percent compared to the 17 percent in the House version of the bill. Read More »