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Obama pushes senators for climate bill

Mar 9, 2010 8:01:00 PM - thestate.com
President Barack Obama made a renewed push for a long-stalled climate and energy bill Tuesday, urging lawmakers at a White House meeting to pass a comprehensive bill this year.

Fourteen senators from both parties - including several who remain undecided on the climate bill - met for more than an hour with Obama, four Cabinet members and White House energy adviser Carol Browner.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama wants a comprehensive bill that includes a cap on emissions of pollution blamed for global warming.

"The president's strong belief is that in order to transition ourselves away from our dependence on foreign oil and into a clean-energy economy, that we need a strong incentive to do that," Gibbs said.

A bill sponsored by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., aims to cut emissions of pollution-causing greenhouse gases by 17 percent by 2020. The bill would abandon a broad "cap-and-trade" approach to reducing carbon pollution. Instead it would apply different carbon controls to different sectors of the economy.

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