Monday, June 21, 2010

From Capitol Hill

Climate Change Bill Unlikely to Pass Congress This Year

Washington--Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) met with President Barack Obama last week and told the President that he cannot support a cap-and-trade program or carbon fee to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting and the sudden lack of support is seen as a major setback to passing climate change legislation in Congress this year.

In his Oval Office address to the nation last week, Obama called for comprehensive energy reform, but did not propose an emissions cap. This is also viewed as a key blow to passing climate change legislation in the Senate.

Obama is said to know the chance of passing climate change legislation is slim and he wants to avoid a public failure. The Hill quoted an unnamed senior Democrat in the Senate who said, “He knows that if he mentioned a carbon cap, his success or failure would be measured by his ability to get it.”

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) said a nationwide cap on emissions is unlikely. “It’s going to be difficult,” Bingaman said.

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