Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Lots of parts to climate change bill

The Waxman-Markey discussion draft, “The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009,” includes sections of particular interest to Earth scientists, including carbon capture and storage (CCS) and the creation of a National Climate Service. [photo credit US DOE]

The sections on limiting emissions looks to me to be the most controversial parts.

The legislation has four titles according to an announcement put out by the House Energy & Commerce Committee: (1) a “clean energy” title that promotes renewable sources of energy and carbon capture and sequestration technologies, low-carbon transportation fuels, clean electric vehicles, and the smart grid and electricity transmission; (2) an “energy efficiency” title that increases energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy, including buildings, appliances, transportation, and industry; (3) a “global warming” title that places limits on the emissions of heat-trapping pollutants; and (4) a “transitioning” title that protects U.S. consumers and industry and promotes green jobs during the transition to a clean energy economy.

The National Climate Service proposal falls under title 4 as part of efforts for adapting to global warming.

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