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Climate Bill Passes US Congress; Faces Senate Deliberation

Written By David D'Angelo on Saturday, June 27, 2009 | 6/27/2009

The United States Congress had just passed a landmark legislation on Climate and Energy. The legislation which was passed by a 219-to-212 vote marked the first time either house of Congress has passed legislation to curb global warming gases. The legislation, totaling about 1,200 pages, would require the U.S. to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and by 83 percent by mid-century. But as it had passed that hurdle analyst say that it might face a greater challenge in the Senate as Republican will surely block the bill sighting its potential tax impact on US Citizens.

The vote on the Climate Bill is also a commitment made by President Barack Obama to commit the United States in joining the supporters of Climate Change prevention and lead the way in curbing harmful gases which destroys the earth.

"Today's razor-thin vote in the House spells doom in the Senate," Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the top Republican on the Senate's environment panel, said in a statement issued after the vote.

Reid, D-Nev., was more optimistic.

"The bill is not perfect, but it is a good product for the Senate," Reid said. "Working with the president and his team, I am hopeful that the Senate will be able to debate and pass bipartisan and comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation this fall."

Supporters and opponents agreed that the legislation would lead to higher energy costs, but they disagreed vigorously on the impact on consumers.


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