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Sen. Lugar unveils climate plan

By Juliet Eilperin

When it comes to passing climate legislation, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) represents a key vote. Which is why it's interesting that he just unveiled his own climate and energy proposal -- one that will cut greenhouse gas emissions but doesn't place a price on carbon.

Lugar's energy and climate plan (pdf) focuses on tightening fuel economy standards, stiffening building codes, boosting energy efficiency and expanding the nation's fuel mix. At the same time, it would provide funds to put the dirtiest coal plants out of business.

In a Dear Colleague letter sent Tuesday, Lugar wrote that by 2030 the plan would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent compared to 2005 levels, slash foreign oil dependence by two-thirds and cut national energy consumption by 14 percent, while simultaneously lowering the average household electric bill by 10 percent.

"Several colleagues have diligently worked on proposals centering on cap and trade. No matter your position on such proposals, I believe that we can have broad bipartisan agreement on the stream-lined plan I share with you today," Lugar wrote. "In fact, initial analysis of my plan indicates its implementation would accomplish half of the president's 2020 greenhouse gas emissions goal, thus reducing the carbon-reduction burden of future climate proposals."

Is this the best vehicle for President Obama's climate and energy agenda? While it will likely give some environmentalists and Democrats heartburn, it could attract some significant support from moderate Republicans. Stay tuned.


Juliet Eilperin

 |  March 30, 2010; 10:39 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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One of the most devious machination by the AGW warmists was to equate CO2 with dirt and pollution. Burning coal produces actual pollutants that can be at least reduced by sensible use of filters. CO2 is the natural product of living organisms and is not pollution.

Reducing dependence on foreign oil is sensible. Reducing actual pollution is sensible. Mixing these with CO2 nonsense is really unfortunate.

Posted by: AGWsceptic99 | March 30, 2010 1:14 PM
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Let him start by shutting down the COAL powered Congressional power plant. McConnell and Byrd won't let it happen because they represent coal producing states. Stop burning coal in my city.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 30, 2010 12:34 PM
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What happen to concentrating on the economy and JOBS?

Posted by: Jimbo77 | March 30, 2010 12:12 PM
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