Washington, DC (April 9, 2008)- About 40 Republican Senators met privately to discuss their views on climate change and related legislation. The meeting started efforts to find a common position among the party on global warming, an issue on which Republicans have been sharply divided. Climate change has taken on a greater urgency within Republican circles now that all three major presidential candidates support mandatory controls of greenhouse gases. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, said, “We need to take climate change and clean air on as an urgent issue.”
The meeting was the first time that the Republican Conference had devoted a formal meeting to considering climate change proposals. According to The Hill, the meeting focused almost exclusively on the impact a mandatory system to control greenhouse gases (GHGs) would have on the economy and the environment.
Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) has said he expects to bring “America’s Climate Security Act of 2007” (S. 2191) to the Senate floor on June 2. The bill, sponsored by Senators Lieberman (I-CT) and Warner (R-VA), would create a mandatory nation-wide GHG cap-and-trade system.
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