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Saturday, June 27, 2009

U.S. House passes cap-and-trade global warming bill, moves to Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Waxman-Markey bill, a piece of legislation aimed at curbing global warming through energy-efficiency standards, clean energy technologies and a cap-and-trade system.

And despite the bill's good intentions, not everyone's exactly thrilled with what it contains.

From the New York Times:

...the legislation, a patchwork of compromises, falls far short of what many European governments and environmentalists have said is needed to avert the worst effects of global warming. And it pitted liberal Democrats from the East and West Coasts against more conservative Democrats from areas dependent on coal for electricity and on heavy manufacturing for jobs.

While some environmentalists enthusiastically supported the legislation, others, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, opposed it. Industry officials were split, with the United States Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers opposing the bill and some of the nation’s biggest corporations, including Dow Chemical and Ford, backing it.

The final vote was 219-212. Here's the roll call. Note that 44 Democrats voted against the legislation and eight Republicans voted for it — Joe Romm of ClimateProgress says that's a sign the bill will face a tough fight next in the Senate, which is expected to consider the legislation after the July 4 holiday.

Georgia's Congressional delegation was largely split on party lines. U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta was the lone Democrat to vote against the legislation.

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