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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Iowa Independent: Harkin, 13 other Dems request more protection for coal power in energy bill

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

The push is on to dilute the climate change bills moving through
Congress, and it's not coming only from conservatives. Mother Jones'
Kate Sheppard reports today that 14 Senate Democrats, including U.S.
Sen. Tom Harkin, are urging their leadership to amend the proposal to
grant more free polluting permits to the coal-burning utilities that
emit the most greenhouse gases. In a letter to Senate Democratic
leaders, the lawmakers argue that the current formula, which allots
permits based half on emissions and half on sales, is unfair to the
higher-emitting utilities (i.e., those that burn coal).

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