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Senate committee passes climate change bill.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed climate change legislation by an 11-1 vote on Nov. 5. Utilizing a cap and trade system, the bill would seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 from 2005 levels. The measure was approved despite a boycott by committee Republicans who wanted a more detailed cost analysis on the legislation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before moving forward. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the lone Democrat voting no, was concerned that the bill would disproportionately hurt western states that largely rely on coal-fired power plants for electricity.

At least five other Senate committees have jurisdiction over energy and climate change legislation; only the Environment and Public Works and Energy Committees have acted to date. With the Senate slated to consider health care and other year-end priorities, the full Senate may not consider comprehensive legislation until 2010.
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Title Annotation:On the Hill
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Dec 1, 2009
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