Climate Bill Introduced in SenateFriday, May 14, 2010
(American Meat Institute)
Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) have introduced the "American Power Act," which is a comprehensive energy and climate change bill that they have been drafting since last fall.
The bill calls for a 17 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2020 and more than 80 percent in 2050 by capping emissions in certain sectors and allowing for trading of pollution permits. Only facilities emitting more than 25,000 tons of carbon per year would have to comply with reduction targets.
Under the legislation, the manufacturing industry would not be required to reduce emissions until 2016. Additionally, manufacturing companies would receive financial assistance during the interim period in the event of an increase in energy costs. They would receive assistance purchasing allowances after 2016.
Also under the bill:
- Federal regulations would preempt some state regulations such as cap-and-trade programs.
- Consumers would get rebates and energy discounts to offset any increase in the price of energy.
- Assistance in the amount of $2 billion would be set aside for the development of "clean coal" technology and $54 billion in loan guarantees to promote the construction of new nuclear facilities.
- Coastal states would be allowed to opt-out of drilling up to 75 miles from their shores.
Click here to see a section by section of the bill: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/59475share on facebook share on twitter