Energy Act Gets More Vetting

By Published On: May 1, 2009

In response to Republican allegations that the House Committee on Energy & Commerce is disregarding procedure in its current hearings on the proposed American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009, the committee cited recent instances where a then-Republican controlled Congress “abdicated order when they controlled the committee.” Still, committee leaders Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) acquiesced to Republican calls for another hearing on the bill. It is set for May 1. In related action, the California Air Resources Board staff supports several features of the proposed Act, according to an April 28 report. The agency--which is attempting to enforce California’s mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions--noted the federal bill jibes with the state’s efforts. According to agency staff, the bill agrees with the state on: “Effective and enforceable greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2020 and 2050.” It also coincides with the Air Board’s efforts for “economy-wide climate policy which integrates market mechanisms (cap-and-trade) with complimentary sector policies and strategies,”

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