Progress reported on climate change legislation — and Collin Peterson’s ‘issues’ with it

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters today that Democratic negotiators are nearing an agreement on the massive — and controversial — climate change legislation.

The legislation had run into problems with rural state lawmakers, including Minnesota’s 7th District Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, who chairs the House Agriculture Committee.

Today, Hoyer said that Peterson “had five, six, seven, issues,” and “most of them are done,” according to Bloomberg News Service.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Committee spokeswoman April Slayton said that an agreement has yet to be reached on any of the specific issues but that talks continue to see if a resolution can be reached.

If possible, House leaders have said that they would like a vote on the measure before next week’s congressional recess.

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  1. Submitted by Brad Arnold on 06/24/2009 - 01:38 am.

    Supposedly this climate change bill mandates greenhouse gas emission cuts of over 80% by 2050: “By the year 2050, the Census Bureau projects that our population will be around 420 million. This means per capita emissions will have to fall to about 2.5 tons in order to meet the goal of 80% reduction. It is likely that U.S. per capita emissions were never that low – even back in colonial days when the only fuel we burned was wood. ” –“The Real Cost of Tackling Climate Change,” WSJ

    By the way: “The world’s emissions of the main planet-warming gas carbon dioxide will rise over 50 percent to more than 42 billion tonnes per year from 2005 to 2030 as China leads a rise in burning coal, the U.S. government forecast on Wednesday. China’s coal demand will rise 3.2 percent annually from 2005 to 2030, the Energy Information Administration said in its International Energy Outlook 2008.” –Reuters, 26 June 2008

    “The alternative (to geoengineering) is the acceptance of a massive natural cull of humanity and a return to an Earth that freely regulates itself but in the hot state.” –Dr James Lovelock, August 2008

  2. Submitted by david granneman on 06/25/2009 - 04:58 pm.

    hello all
    when gasoline is $5 a gallon, the electricity costs have doubled, and millions of jobs have gone to countries with cheap and abundant energy such as happened in europe when they passed cap and tax
    rep Collin Peterson – you and all the democrates are going to get the full blame for the disaster are bringing to this country. you will not be able to blame the republicans this time
    after 2010 there will not be a democrate within a 1000 miles of washington d.c.

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