ACES a Winning Hand? New Clean Energy Legislation at the Starting Gates


Nancy Pelosi recently reaffirmed her commitment to getting a climate bill passed in the House by July, and on March 31, 2009, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman released draft “clean energy” legislation with an ambitious schedule for action. The 648-page bill, offered by key leaders in the House, is the first serious attempt at addressing both climate change and energy issues since the Democrats took control of the Congress and the White House. Immediate reactions varied from glowing praise to scathing criticism – just a taste of the controversy likely to come.

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