Monday, May 18, 2009
A proposed climate bill has the backing of several key Democrats from industrial and oil states.
The massive legislation that would impose the first nationwide limits on greenhouse gases is being worked on by a House committee.
Democratic sponsors call the measure necessary to shift the nation away from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources and deal with global warming. But Republicans argue it will send energy prices soaring and threaten economic growth.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman has been spearheading delicate closed-door negotiations with other Democrats. The talks appeared to bear fruit when two key Democrats on the committee announced their support of the bill.
But not all Democrats are on board. At least one is expressing concern about cost to consumers.
Republicans have promised dozens of amendments and Democrats are expected to have a few as well. A final committee vote is not likely until near week's end.