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The measure establishes a particularly important starting place since it was drafted by two key members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Henry Waxman (D-Cal), chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Edward Markey (D-Mass), chairman of the Committee's Energy and Environment Subcommittee. Both congressmen are enthusiastic supporters of a cap-and-trade system.
The Act, which totals more than 600 pages, contains four titles:
- Title I: Clean Energy
- Title II: Energy Efficiency
- Title III: Reducing Global Warming Pollution Through a Cap-and-Trade System
- Title IV: Transitioning for a Clean Energy Economy
Among other things, the Act calls for:
- Retail energy suppliers to generate 25% of their electricity from renewables by 2025
- Establishment of a cap-and-trade system for electric utilities, oil companies, large industrial sources, and other entities that are responsible for 85% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions
- The cap-and-trade system will reduce the number of emissions "allowances" issued each year to meet a combined target of 20% below 2005 levels in 2020 and 42% below 2005 levels in 2030
The importance of this measure cannot be understated since it reflects the House leadership's view of how a total energy package should be implemented.
On the other hand, the House Republican leader, John Boehner (R-Ohio), was quick to describe the bill as "the Democrats' national 'cap and trade' energy tax legislation." However, the reality is that with a big Democratic majority in the House whatever the House leadership wants is likely to make its way into the final bill passed in the House. When the measure moves to the Senate, it may be tougher sledding. Stay tuned...
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The website includes information about climate change, the associated business impacts, and what tools are being developed to address it. While there is a charge for some information, students in the LLM and MRLS programs can access much of the "charged for" content through the Westminster Law Library website (go to World Climate Change Report for details).
Among other things, the website posts important press releases (e.g., "Pelosi Statement on Comprehensive Clean Energy Legislation Released by Chairman Waxman and Markey," March 31, 2009) as well as lists upcoming conferences. Free daily e-mail highlights are available.
For those who closely follow the matter of climate change, this website may be a useful resource.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The government of Spain, a strong supporter of renewable energy development, has indicated yet again the importance with which it views renewables.