Warner-Lieberman Bill Passes through Senate Subcommittee

Washington, DC (November 6, 2007)- The Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee met November 1 for markup of “America’s Climate Security Act,” S.2191, a bill introduced by Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through a cap-and-trade program. A manager’s amendment was approved, which added restrictions for GHG emissions from natural gas supplied to residential and commercial buildings, as well as a provision for a mandatory EPA review at least every 5 years to ensure emission levels are meeting recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences.

Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and John Barrasso (D-WY) each filed several amendments to the bill, with only two being approved by the subcommittee. Those adopted in the bill included an amendment proposed by Senator Sanders to define advanced technology vehicles eligible for auction revenue as vehicles capable of 35 miles per gallon fuel economy. Additionally, an amendment proposed by Senator Barrasso to define “lower rank” coal to be that which produces not more than 9,000 BTU per pound and allow it access to auction revenue, was also adopted. The subcommittee voted 4-3 to pass the bill and send it to the full committee.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, said, “With passage of the Lieberman-Warner bill through the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee we are finally on our way toward preventing the ravages of unfettered global warming. We must act now on behalf of the American people and on behalf of our beautiful God-given planet. It is our responsibility.”
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