New Energy/Climate Bill

The Congressional debate over energy and climate change took another step yesterday, as Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) introduced a new plan that tries to balance the desires of all sides in this debate.

At a news conference, there were utilities, environmental groups, big business and more – an odd coalition to say the least, evidence – backers say – of the broad support for this bill.

Subtitle D – Ensuring Regulatory Predictability for Greenhouse Gases

Section 2301. Criteria Pollutants: Provides that greenhouse gases may not be added to the list of criteria air pollutants on the basis of their effect on climate change or ocean acidification.

Section 2302. Standards of Performance: Directs the Administrator to establish minimum standards of performance under section 111 of the Clean Air Act as a means of achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from certain stationary sources of air pollution not subject to title VII of the Clean Air Act. Precludes the Administrator from using existing Clean Air Act section 111 authority to issue standards for entities covered by Title VII that directly emit greenhouse gases.

Section 2303. Hazardous Air Pollutants: Provides that greenhouse gases may not be listed as hazardous air pollutants on the basis of their effect on climate change or ocean acidification.

Section 2304. International Air Pollution: Provides that section 115 of the Clean Air Act shall not apply to an air pollutant with respect to that pollutant’s contribution to global warming or ocean acidification.

Jamie Dupree, wsbradio.com, 13 May 2010. Full article.

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