Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are at loggerheads with regards to pending energy and climate legislation, according to a report in The Hill.
The rub: Reid wants to move forward an energy bill that does not include a cap on carbon emissions, while Pelosi stands firm in her pledge to send a bill that curbs carbon emissions.
“The Speaker remains committed to sending a comprehensive bill to the president this year,” said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill. To be comprehensive, the legislation must include a cap on carbon.
Pelosi has energy and climate leading her agenda for the 111th Congress – pushing it through the House before healthcare reform.
Reid concedes that ultimately the question of whether to include a carbon cap in the energy bill would be decided at an upcoming meeting of Senate Democratic committee chairmen this week and a meeting of the Democratic Conference next week.
Meanwhile, other lawmakers are in on the act.
New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership and a close ally of Reid’s, said this week that climate legislation would not be part of the bill that came to the Senate floor.
Schumer’s remarks upset liberal and environmental groups that argue leaving a cap on carbon emissions out of the broader energy bill that comes to the Senate floor will make it more difficult to confront global climate change in a meaningful way.
Senators John Kerry, D-Mass., and independent Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut recently trotted out the nation’s latest attempt to rein in global pollution with legislation entitled the "Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act."
Their bill offers a varied response to the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, carbon emissions reductions, nuclear energy subsidies and off-shore oil drilling incentives -- emphasizing renewable resources such as wind and solar.
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