Washington, DC (May 21, 2007)- Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) announced that he will co-sponsor the Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act (S.280). The legislation, authored by Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), will reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions to prevent global warming, and cap greenhouse-gas emissions of the electric power, industrial, transportation, and commercial sectors of the economy at year 2004 levels by 2012 before lowering the cap gradually to achieve one third of 2004 emissions by 2050. S.280 also would fund large-scale technology deployment, including a construction loan program for three advanced coal power plants with carbon sequestration, three nuclear reactors, and three large scale biofuels facilities that maximize cellulosic biomass use.
Coleman said, “We are a nation of innovators, and Congress must provide the strong market signals necessary to push forward the technologies needed to stabilize our atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases. At the same time, climate change legislation must not put America’s workers at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world or send manufacturing jobs overseas. And, a greenhouse gas reduction program must not put Americans out of work or drive more hardworking families into poverty. We must carefully consider the effect any legislation will have on those struggling to get by.”
Coleman became the tenth senator and fourth Republican, to sponsor the bill.
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