YESTERDAY President Barrack Obama praised the House of Representatives for its “Historic action with the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act … It’s a bold and necessary step that holds the promise of creating new industries and millions of new jobs, decreasing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil… Now it’s up to the Senate to take the next step.”
According to Grist Online, environment groups are working to secure improvements in the Senate.
Senator Barbara Boxer, chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has commented “This bill gives us the momentum we need in the Senate, and signals that when we promised change for the better in America, we meant it.”
The bill was passed by just one vote more than the simple majority of 218 needed. Forty-four Democrats voted against it, according to Grist Online, “the vast majority representing Midwestern, Southern, coal-producing, and industrial states”.
So it seems Australia and the US are about on par when it comes to cap and trade legislation – it’s through the House of Representatives and still to be passed by the Senate.
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