As the House Energy and Commerce Committee prepares to mark up the Waxman-Markey clean energy jobs bill (the American Clean Energy Security Act) later this week, there’s a lot of debate in Washington about this historic legislation. The draft bill, introduced at the end of March, creates major new clean and renewable energy programs, while addressing the threat of global warming by imposing limits on greenhouse gases and making polluting industries pay for the global warming emissions they dump into the atmosphere.
National Journal reporter Margaret Kriz tapped into the buzz with a question to Wilderness Society President Bill Meadows and other experts: should Waxman-Markey be tweaked, or should it be completely overhauled? Bill’s answer: there are improvements that can be made to the proposal (including dedicated funding to safeguard natural resources affected by climate change), but now is no time to talk of an overhaul. Read his blog post here.